Harvesting the sea: the exploitation of marine resources in the Roman Mediterranean
Marzano, A. (2013) Harvesting the sea: the exploitation of marine resources in the Roman Mediterranean. Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp384. ISBN 9780199675623
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Harvesting the Sea provides the first systematic treatment of the exploitation of various marine resources, such as large-scale fishing, fish salting, salt and purple-dye production, and oyster and fish-farming, in the Roman world and its role within the ancient economy. Bringing together literary, epigraphic, and legal sources, with a wealth of archaeological data collected in recent years, the book shows that these marine resources were an important feature of the Roman economy and, in scope and market-oriented production, paralleled phenomena taking place in the Roman agricultural economy on land. The book also examines the importance of technological innovations, the organization of labour, and the use of the existing legal framework in defence of economic interests against competitors for the same natural resource.
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