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Oil for Rome during the second and third century AD: a confrontation of archaeological records and the Historia Augusta

Wim Broekaert (2011) MNEMOSYNE. 64(4). p.591-623
abstract
It is well known that, according to the Historia Augusta, Septimius Severus introduced regular and official oil distributions in Rome. It is argued that this decision should not be interpreted to be a major change in economic policies, but merely an administrative reform to ease the shipment of oil amphorae. The archaeological evidence, inscriptions and legal texts clearly indicate that the imports peaked during the reign of the Antonines, suggesting that Severus neither started nor intensified the imports, but levelled out the structural differences between grain and oil traffic.
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published
subject
keyword
oil imports, Septimius Severus, annona, amphorae, economic policies
journal title
MNEMOSYNE
Mnemosyne
volume
64
issue
4
pages
591 - 623
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000297407100004
ISSN
0026-7074
DOI
10.1163/156852511X547730
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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1040573
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1040573
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2010-09-10 10:35:38
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2016-12-19 15:46:28
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  abstract     = {It is well known that, according to the Historia Augusta, Septimius Severus introduced regular and official oil distributions in Rome. It is argued that this decision should not be interpreted to be a major change in economic policies, but merely an administrative reform to ease the shipment of oil amphorae. The archaeological evidence, inscriptions and legal texts clearly indicate that the imports peaked during the reign of the Antonines, suggesting that Severus neither started nor intensified the imports, but levelled out the structural differences between grain and oil traffic.},
  author       = {Broekaert, Wim},
  issn         = {0026-7074},
  journal      = {MNEMOSYNE},
  keyword      = {oil imports,Septimius Severus,annona,amphorae,economic policies},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {591--623},
  title        = {Oil for Rome during the second and third century AD: a confrontation of archaeological records and the Historia Augusta},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/156852511X547730},
  volume       = {64},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Broekaert, Wim. 2011. “Oil for Rome During the Second and Third Century AD: a Confrontation of Archaeological Records and the Historia Augusta.” Mnemosyne 64 (4): 591–623.
APA
Broekaert, Wim. (2011). Oil for Rome during the second and third century AD: a confrontation of archaeological records and the Historia Augusta. MNEMOSYNE, 64(4), 591–623.
Vancouver
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Broekaert W. Oil for Rome during the second and third century AD: a confrontation of archaeological records and the Historia Augusta. MNEMOSYNE. 2011;64(4):591–623.
MLA
Broekaert, Wim. “Oil for Rome During the Second and Third Century AD: a Confrontation of Archaeological Records and the Historia Augusta.” MNEMOSYNE 64.4 (2011): 591–623. Print.