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ISBN: 0521389321
Author: Jean Andreau
Language: English
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1st Paperback Edition edition (November 13, 1999)
Pages: 200
Category: Humanities
Subcategory: Other
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Banking and Business in . Allen Kerkeslager, Saint Joseph's University. With Banking and Business in the Roman World Andreau, who is working on a comprehensive history of banking from antiquity through the medieval period, has given us an excellent, wieldy introduction to the financial activities of the Roman Republic and the first three hundred years of the Empire. Substantivists will especially appreciate Andreau's approach, but I repeat that Andreau's exceptional openness and generosity toward divergent points of view leaves something, or rather everything, for everyone.

This work presents a synthetic view of Roman banking and financial life as a whole, from the time of the appearance of.There's lots of uncertainties, but Andreau does a good job at delimiting what is consensus from what is his personal opinion and attributing various opinions to their proponents.

This work presents a synthetic view of Roman banking and financial life as a whole, from the time of the appearance of the first bankers In the 1st century BC, lending and borrowing by the senators was the talk of Rome and even provoked political crises. During this same period, the state tax-farmers were handling enormous sums and exploiting the provinces of the Empire.

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Key Themes in Ancient History. By (author) Jean Andreau, Translated by Janet Lloyd. Allen Kerkeslager, Saint Joseph's University "With Banking and Business in the Roman World Andreau, who is working on a comprehensive history of banking from antiquity through the medieval period, has given us an excellent, wieldy introduction to the financial activities of the Roman Republic and the first three hundred years of the Empire.

Jean Andreau, Janet Lloyd. This is the first book to present a synthetic view of Roman banking and financial life from the fourth century BC to the end of the third century AD. It describes the business deals of the elite and the professional bankers and the interventions of the state. It shows to what extent the spirit of profit and enterprise predominated over the traditional values of Rome, what economic role these financiers played, and how that role compares with that of their later counterparts.

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Banking and Business in the Roman World.

Garnsey, who asked me to write this book in the Key Themes series

Garnsey, who asked me to write this book in the Key Themes series. This is an honour for me, and has given me the opportunity to write a synthesis on the topic I have studied for many years. I am sorry to have been so slow in writing it, and I thank them for having been so patient.

This is the first book to present a synthetic view of Roman banking and financial life from the fourth century BC to the end of the third century AD. It describes the business deals of the elite and the professional bankers and the interventions of the state

This is the first book to present a synthetic view of Roman banking and financial life from the fourth century BC to the end of the third century AD.

This is the first book to present a synthetic view of Roman banking and financial life from the fourth century BC to the end of the third century AD. It describes the business deals of the elite and the professional bankers and the interventions of the state. It shows to what extent the spirit of profit and enterprise predominated over the traditional values of Rome, what economic role these financiers played, and how that role compares with that of their later counterparts.

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Sha
This is a great book in my opinion. I like the author's easy writing style, it invites you to keep reading, which is a great thing given the technicality of the subject. The writing is very clear, the ideas are plain and simple and supported by the right research. I've learned a lot from this book and I praise the author's work. Mr. Andreau has the talent to blend historical information and research with common-sense conclusions. The only thing I did not like about this book is that quite often the author takes the opportunity to settle scores with other academics from the same research fields who appear to have different opinions, almost like a vendetta. At times, instead on focusing on the material being discussed and on the reader, the author goes about to neutralize his opponents, which is a pity, since the flow of the book is just great. For this I give the book 4 starts, not 5. Besides this, I found the book very helpful and I consider I learned a lot from it. I would recommend this to somebody willing to take a step a further from just checking the meaning of "credit" in Encyclopedia Britannica. It is a nice and short great book which will tell you how the ancient Romans used to think about credit and money.
Mojar
The nuts and bolts of money lending and banking in the Roman empire are explained here. But beyond that, this book is almost a sociology of how people dealt with money in the Roman era.

Three major themes emerge, largely in comparison with how banking systems have developed in the modern era. First, the government had no large banks to resort to when funding deficit spending, and where there were no bills of exchange (i.e., money was metal, although there might have been a secondary market in personal notes of moderate sums of indebtedness). Second, there was a prevalent attitude that, with the exception of a small number of professionals (who are described very well), money was seen as a secondary asset (ascribed presumptively simply to attitude, rather than with any better explanation). Third, unlike modern governments, the largess of Emperor and senate is a suprisingly large economic factor.

If there are two criticisms, then the first is that, at times, the assertion of opinion and the potshots taken at other writers, both being often without supporting evidence, can create skepticism; perhaps this reflects the Gallic academic background of the author. Second, in the absence of any separate treatment elsewhere, the opportunity to compare Roman 'maritime' loans with modern marine insurance systems has been missed.

If you want to understand how monetary systems worked during the Roman empire, then this is your book. And the current liquidity crisis in the modern international banking system (late summer 2007) generates even more to reflect upon within these fascinating pages.

Tony Fox

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