Explaining the Maritime Freight Charges in Diocletian's Price Edict

7 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2013

Date Written: March 31, 2013

Abstract

Geospatial modeling enables us to relate the maritime freight charges imposed by the tetrarchic price controls of 301 CE to simulated sailing time. This exercise demonstrates that price variation is to a large extent a function of variation in sailing time and suggests that the published rates are more realistic than previously assumed.

Keywords: Maritime trade, Diocletian, Roman economy

Suggested Citation

Scheidel, Walter, Explaining the Maritime Freight Charges in Diocletian's Price Edict (March 31, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2242577 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2242577

Walter Scheidel (Contact Author)

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305-2145
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www,stanford.edu/~scheidel

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