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Classical Studies
Classical Studies 1000
Kelly Olson

SHOPPING AND C OMMERCE IN A NCIENT R OME Reading: Angela pp. 111-118, 146-149, 155-156. Where Did You Go To Shop inAncient Rome? • No malls, supermarkets, outlets. • Formal markets, smaller shops (tabernae), and other kinds of retail trade. • (mostly clothing and luxury goods today) • We’re hampered by the biases of our sources (mostly about upper class only). Large Markets • 1. In the Roman Forum • 2. In the Forum Boarium (meat only) • 3. In the Saepta Julia in the Campus Martius • Very expensive bazaar and antiquities market • Lots of luxury goods (Saepta Julia) • It was possible to pawn goods in the Saepta Julia, as well as buy them. • 4. Trajan’s Markets • Built between 100-110 CE • Ahuge semicircle that wraps around an exhedra. • What was the purpose and form of the Markets. • This complex was excavated in the 1930s. • By then most of the tabernae had lost most of their distinctive features. • Rebuilt and restored by archaeologist Corrado Ricci in this form! • Originally, were market shops? Offices? Acommercial area? Barracks for soldiers? An administrative centre? Small Shops • Taberna (pl. tabernae) all purpose word for commercial establishment. • Puzzling to determine what went on in specific shops as often the archaeological finds are not goof enough to determine this. • In Pompeii: a medical establishment. • Herculaneum: a metal worker. • Butcher’s knives in shops are a good indicator. • Shop signs were painted on the walls outside the shop. Shopkeeper • Did the owner/manager live on the premises with his or her family? • Were they crammed together on the mezzanine floor which many shops have? Or is this where surplus stock was left? • Who came to the shop? • Would the rich view the goods in their own homes (sellers came to them)? Clustering • Often tabernae would cluster in partiular areas of the city • No street maps: Shops tended to cluster so people could find them easier. • Vicus Unguentarius: street of the perfume-sellers • The Via Sacra was dominated by
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