Postgraduate Research Archaeology Symposium

Emilia Mataix Ferrandiz (2016)


Inscriptions held on commercial objects refer to the products, and to the parties involved in their production and distribution, and to transport, and need to be studied relating them to the legal schemes applicable in commerce. This insight allows associating them to broad categories as property, liability, or obligation. The relation amongst these inscriptions which concern different data as weight, name of the seller, controlling marks, etc. hides behind the phenomena of a political economy, monopolies, property or liability coming from the agreements held amongst parties. One of the elements that speaks most strongly about a relatively high level of integration of the Roman Empire is the commerce performed along different shorelines. Long distances and cultural differences, point to the fact that they might have been some common practices in order to have developed such commercial networks. Part of these common practices are displayed on these commercial writings on objects, which must be revised with the help of Roman legal sources to understand them in the context of trade