Patterns in the Economy of Asia Minor
edited by Stephen Mitchell and Constantina Katsari
ISBN 1-905125-02-X, hardback, 350 pp., 2005, GB 50.00
 
The editors: Stephen Mitchell is Leverhulme Professor of Hellenistic Culture at the University of Exeter and a fellow of the British Academy. His previous books include Anatolia. Land, Men and Gods in Asia Minor (OUP 1993) and monographs on the Asia Minor cities of Cremna (1995) and Pisidian Antioch (1998), both published by the Classical Press of Wales. Constantina Katsari completed her Ph.D at University College London on coinage and the economy of the Roman East and is now a lecturer in ancient history at the University of Leicester.

Asia Minor under Rome was one of the wealthiest and most developed parts of the Empire, but there have been few modern studies of its economics. The twelve papers in this book, by an international team of scholars, work from literary texts, inscriptions, coinage and archaeology. They study the direct impact of Roman rule; the organisation of large agricultural estates; changing patterns of olive production; threats to rural prosperity from pests and the animal world; inter-regional trade in the Black Sea; the significance of civic market buildings; the economic role of temples and sanctuaries; the contribution of private benefactors to civic finances; monetization in the third century AD, and the effect of transitory populations on local economic activity.
 
CONTENTS
Introduction: the economy of Roman Asia Minor - Stephen Mitchell and Constantina Katsari
Estates in Roman Asia Minor: the case of Kibyratis - Thomas Corsten
Boars, bears and bugs: farming in Asia Minor and the protection of men, animals and crops - Johannes Nolle
Olive cultivation in the economy of Roman Asia Minor - Stephen Mitchell
Across the Black Sea: patterns in maritime exchange on the periphery of Roman Asia Minor - David Braund
The origin and development of market buildings in Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor - Veli Kose
The icing on the cake: benefactors, economics and public buildings in Roman Asia Minor - Arjan Zuiderhoek
Central power intervention and the economy of the provinces in the Roman Empire: the case of Pontus and Bithynia - Giovanni Salmeri
Sacred revenues in Roman hands: the economic dimension of sanctuaries in western Asia Minor - Beate Dignas
Coinage and the economy of Commagene - Margherita Facella
Coinage in Roman Pontus and the Paphlagonia: problems of evidence and interpretation - Stanley Ireland
The monetization of Roman Asia Minor from Septimius Severus to Gallienus - Constantina Katsari
Military supply and the south coast of Anatolia in the third century AD - Hugh Elton
Church councils and their impact on the economy of the cities in Roman Asia Minor - Turhan Kacar