The horrea: How Storage Engaged with Shipping Flows and Made the Roman Economy Bigger 1

Emilia Mataix Ferrándiz, Marta García Morcillo, Cristina Rosillo-López

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Warehouses were intimately connected to shipping. They acted not only as repositories for cargo waiting to be dispatched, sold, or used as security in relation to a loan, they also formed an integral part of the processing of the cargo. Thus, storage does not imply the final end of the distribution cycle of merchandise, but rather a step within that cycle, which leads to the relocation of these goods to other ships or storehouses. However, the latest excavations carried out in Rome have revealed archaeological evidence for manufacturing activities carried out inside warehouses, in addition to the storage enterprises.

All these different endeavours taking place in warehouses would have implied the use of slight variations of the letting and hiring contract enabled by classical Roman law. For storage activities, the evidence from the Sulpicii archive demonstrates the similarities in legal practices between state-owned and privately owned warehouses, as well as the practice of having a fairly short contract of lease, into which technical rules of law were tacitly incorporated via a set of legal rules displayed in the warehouse. In relation to this, what does the discovery of these manufacturing activities imply in terms of contracting? What does it mean for the role of warehouses within the economic cycles of production and distribution of goods? This chapter will describe the diverse nuances within the frame of the lease and hire contract in order to accommodate the diversity of activities that took place inside warehouses. It will also contextualise the different practices and their associated contracts in relation to the economic and legal contexts of their associated commercial cycles. Finally, the chapter will evaluate how these activities, along with the flexibility of the letting and hiring contracts, managed to integrate these different trading practices, and how this entire process also had an impact on the role and value of these buildings inside commercial cycles.
Titel på värdpublikationThe Real Estate Market in the Roman World
RedaktörerMarta García Morcillo, Cristina Rosillo-López
Antal sidor25
ISBN (tryckt)978-1-032-03533-8, 978-1-032-03538-3
ISBN (elektroniskt)978-1-003-18780-6
StatusPublicerad - 2023
Externt publiceradJa
MoE-publikationstypA3 Del av bok eller annan forskningsbok


NamnRoutledge Explorations in Economic History


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