Prospettive mediterranee dell’economia romana. L’apporto di una banca dati

Nonnis, D. (2007) Prospettive mediterranee dell’economia romana. L’apporto di una banca dati. Archeologia e Calcolatori, 18. pp. 383-403. ISSN 1120-6861


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As part of the FIRB 2001 Project, we started a computer research project on Roman merchants who worked in the Mediterranean area from the 3rd century B.C. to the 3rd century A.D. Data about the single businessmen were gathered from inscriptions (first of all instrumentum domesticum) and literary sources (both Greek and Latin); data were processed in a relational database, which is briefly described here. This paper, by way of an example, concerns merchants who lived during the Republic (over 250 people) and focuses on the economic and social aspects of their activity. Painted inscriptions (tituli picti) or graffiti on Roman amphorae, stamps on amphorae stoppers and marks on anchor stocks inform us of the names of many traders (most of all ingenui or freedmen) involved in the transport and sale of goods such as wine and olive oil. Other inscriptions (mainly epitaphs or religious dedications) refer to a lot of tabernarii who worked in Rome, in other towns of Roman Italy or the Provinces during the late 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. Some data from literary sources are also available, mainly concerning important businessmen who operated in the whole Mediterranean basin.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Progetto FIRB 2001: Il Mediterraneo antico e medievale come luogo di incontro tra oriente e Occidente, Nord e Sud. Atti della Giornata di studio sul tema “GIS e applicazioni informatiche alle ricerche archeologiche e storiche” (Roma, CNR, 5 luglio 2007), a cura di G. Scardozzi
Uncontrolled Keywords: Database; classification of archaeological finds
Subjects: 900 Storia, Geografia e discipline ausiliarie > 930 Storia dei mondo antico fino al 499 ca. > 930.1 Archeologia (Classificare qui la Storia fino al 4000 a.C., l'Archeologia preistorica, le opere interdisciplinari sull'Archeologia) > 930.102 Archeologia - Opere miscellanee > 930.1028 Archeologia – Tecniche, metodologie, apparecchi e strumenti (comprende: Archeometria) > 930.10285 Archeologia – Applicazioni informatiche (comprende: tecniche di datazione)
Depositing User: Dott.ssa Paola Moscati
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2009
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2017 11:20

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