"Erdkamp's work is a successful discussion of an important and fundamental area of Roman history. The Grain Market in the Roman Empire is a valuable addition to the scholarly literature on the supply and distribution of food within the center of the Empire and the forces of the ancient market. Erdkamp's attention to the complexities of the economic, political, and social forces and his use of appropriate ethnographic evidence makes his case a persuasive one. Erdkamp's familiarty with the literary and material evidence and his fluency with the theoretical forces that drive the ancient market will ensure that his ideas remain an important element in the discussion of the Roman economy for years to come."
Joseph Lemak, Elmira College, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"This is an original and important analysis of the grain supply of the Roman empire, methodologically ambitious, thoughtful, thoroughly researched. Erdkamp's work makes intelligent use of comparative evidence from medieval and modern Europe to model the Roman grain market, from production, through regional and international trade, to its sale to the consumer. It ought to be widely read by scholars and students of the Roman grain trade, agriculture, nutrition, and social welfare." -- Phoenix
Grain was crucial to the food supply of the Roman Empire, and this study concentrates on its production, distribution and marketing. Key questions discussed include: who produced the grain sold in urban markets; was the grain market capable of supplying grain when local harvests failed; did the Roman authorities care whether ordinary people went hungry? Taking a contemporary approach to the age-old question of the supply of food, this study is essential reading for historians of ancient economies and all those interested in grain supply.