Rome was a huge city. Running it required not only public works and services but also specialised law. This innovative work traces the development of that law and system in the main areas of administration. The book incorporates and develops previous historical and topographical works by relating their findings to the Roman legal framework, building up a portrait of public administration, unusually comprehensive for the ancient world.
`... had me curling my toes with pleasure as [Robinson] took me in fine detail through every apect of the legal regulation, administration and control (no archaeology here) of the most populous city of the western world before the Industrial revolution...' - ad familiares