Though extremely important for a grasp of this era

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Though extremely important for a grasp of this era's history as a whole, Roman social and  economic history is rather difficult to target, given the antiquity of it all, the disinterest in  economics and sociology by that period's historians, and the lack of recovered statistics. Still, the  outlines are helpful. The ancient world was composed of naturally occurring substances, such as  wood, stone, plant and animal fibers. This was the result of a paucity of ideas on how to alter  matter. Crafting consisted of metalworking, but metal supplies were restricted due to its high  cost. Additionally, there was the dying, of clothing, pottery, and glass. The common brick was  not innovated until the time of Tiberius, and liquids presented challenges of transport and  storage. The barrel was still in the future, and the large jugs called amphora were unwieldy—too  large to be used for two-way transportation, they also lacked stoppers, which, in addition to  preventing the aging of wine, also hindered other liquids' preservation. In short, the ancient world  was generally of low-technology. The main draft animal was the oxen or donkey. The horse was 
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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