The tithe of Hercules: Roman merchants, finance and the community

The tithe of Hercules: Roman merchants, finance and the community

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G.E. Rickman Lecture by Nicholas Purcell (Oxford). In this lecture, Nicholas Purcell revisits the social, financial, and cultural environments of merchants engaged in overseas trade with the city of Rome. He looks at the changing role of those we readily classify as ‘merchants’ or ‘traders’ in new ways, asking whether our standard scholarly representations of ‘exchange’, ‘commerce’, or ‘trade’ all too conventional.

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