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Grain Trade, Grain Import
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I. General

In the ancient world, grain was the most important commodity in supraregional trade. Three different forms of this trade can be distinguished: 1. regular imports to supply a large urban population whose food requirements could not be met sufficiently by the agriculture of its surrounding countryside, such as in the case of Rome at the time of the late Republic and the Principate; 2. irregular imports into regions in which the popul…

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Sallares, Robert (Manchester), “Grain Trade, Grain Import”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 19 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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