Human labor and harbor capacity at Rome

Human labor and harbor capacity at Rome

Talbert, Richard J. A.

Master of Arts, Department of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2008)


Rome was a unique city in antiquity with a population of one million people from late first century BC to the first two centuries AD. Such a vast size was not seen again until London in 1800. It was able to grow and supply itself with sucha large population due to the vast resources of its Mediterranean Empire. However, many key constraints made supplying Rome difficult including its location upstream of a fast flowing river, limited sailing season, and vast quantities of imports needed. One of the key aspects to over coming such constraints includes the integral role of dock workers and harbor capacity.


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