Classics and Ancient History seminar: The effects of plunder on on-elite Italians, 200-167 BCE
The effects of plunder on on-elite Italians, 200-167 BCE
This paper examines the effects of plunder and spoils on the wealth of non-elites in Roman Italy in the Second Century BCE with a particular focus on soldier bonuses. It is often taken for granted that Roman soldiers were able to secure considerable riches for themselves as Rome expanded throughout the Mediterranean. I test that assumption by focusing on the quantitative evidence provided by Livy’s triumph records. I will compare the donatives handed out at triumphs between 200 and 167 BCE with price data and average incomes from the period. The picture that emerges is one of winners and losers, but also of a generally wealthier peasantry thanks to the donative.
Yes, there will be charts and graphs!
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1 October, 4:00-5:00pm
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Louise Pryke and Emma Barlow
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Image: Jacques-Louis David, Léonidas aux Thermopyles 1814 (Louvre). On the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Thermopylae