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I still suspect finding Rostovtzeff's The Economic and Social History of the Roman Empire is the key. It is often referenced, and appears to be a cornerstone in the understanding of the time. Like in the review I mentioned:

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 95.09.07

The economy of the Roman empire remains endlessly fascinating, not least because of the broad range of evidence that can be summoned to testify. We are still very far from the day when someone will be able to write the book to replace Michael Rostovtzeff's classic but long outdated The Economic and Social History of the Roman Empire, but whoever does will owe a great debt to the work of Richard Duncan-Jones, to which Money and Government is a fitting new contribution.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Nov 9th, 2012 at 05:38:13 PM EST
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