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Trade in the Ancient Mediterranean: Private Order and Public Institutions

Taco Terpstra


From around 700 BCE until the first centuries CE, the Mediterranean enjoyed steady economic growth through trade, reaching a level not to be regained until the early modern era. This process of growth coincided with a process of state formation, culminating in the largest state the ancient Mediterranean would ever know, the Roman Empire. Subsequent economic decline coincided with state disintegration. How are the two processes related? This book investigates how the organizational structure of trade benefited from state institutions. Although enforcement typically depended on private actors, t ... More

Keywords: Mediterranean trade, state formation, Roman Empire, economic decline, state disintegration, state institutions, economic development, state structures, ancient Mediterranean

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691172088
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691172088.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Taco Terpstra, author