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Author Hirt, Alfred Michael, 1971-

Title Imperial mines and quarries in the Roman world : organizational aspects, 27 BC - AD 235 / Alfred Michael Hirt
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010


Description 1 online resource (xiv, 551 pages) : illustrations, maps, plans
Series Oxford classical monographs
Oxford classical monographs.
Contents Geological constraints and organizational implications -- Mining and quarrying districts -- Imperial officials and extractive operations -- The Roman army and imperial extractive operations -- Imperial officials and the allocation of responsibilities -- Private partners to imperial operations : occupatores/coloni and conductores -- The emperor and imperial extractive operations -- Imperial mining and quarrying administration : a conclusion
Summary For the Roman empire the control of its metal and marble resources was of high significance: marble was central to the representation of imperial wealth and power and the uninhibited access to metal vital for the economic and political survival of the empire. This book aims to provide a detailed survey of the organizational measures devised for the extraction of metals and marbles and is restricted to mines and quarries under imperial control. Following the description of geological and topographical constraints and organizational challenges, the book focuses on the legal definition of mining and quarrying districts, the hierarchical structures and administrative responsibilities of the imperial officials (procuratores) and their staff, as well as the role of the Roman army, of private contractors and the workforce in these extractive operations. Finally, it addresses the position of mining and quarrying operations within the wider framework of the imperial administration and explores the role of the emperor vis-à-vis the mines and quarries within his empire. Although the emperor can play a vital part in allocating people and resources to quarries and mines, much of the organizational burden is placed on the men on the spot — a result of varying organizational constraints faced by procurators, Roman officers, or private contractors charged with running mining and quarrying operations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 446-483) and indexes
Notes Print version record
Subject Quarries and quarrying -- Rome
Quarries and quarrying -- Rome -- Management
Mineral industries -- Rome
Mineral industries -- Rome -- Management
Mine management -- Rome
Mineral industries
Mineral industries -- Management
Quarries and quarrying
Quarries and quarrying -- Management
Mijnen (delfstoffen)
Rome (Empire)
Römisches Reich
Romeinse rijk.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780191573422