Metropolis and Hinterland
The City of Rome and the Italian Economy, 200 BC Ad 200
This book studies the growth of the city of Rome and the effects of its demands for food and migrants on the economy of Italy. It questions the idea that all great cities were parasites on the societies that supported them, and reappraises not only the traditional view of Rome as a consumer city but also the history of Italy in the late Republic and early Principate.
Neville Morley is Professor of Ancient Economic History and Historical Theory at the University of Bristol. He is the author of The Roman Empire: Roots of Imperialism (Pluto, 2010), Trade in Classical Antiquity (2007) and Antiquity and Modernity (2008).