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Title: Nec quicquam ingenuum habere potest officina?
Subtitle: Spatial Contexts of Urban Production at Pompeii, AD 79
Author(s): FLOHR, Miko
Volume: 82 Issue: 1 Date: 2007
This article concentrates on the social and spatial environments in which manufacturing took place in Pompeii in the last years of its existence. Investigating five different types of workshops (bakeries, fulleries, dyeries, tanneries and lanifricariae), it emerges that manufacturing took place throughout the city in a wide range of contexts and that workshops often were situated in buildings also used for domestic purposes, either houses or apartments with a shop. This suggests that craftsmen lived and worked in relative autonomy and that the urban elite had less control over them than is usually assumed.