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The important point of this book is that the centonarii could be/ are to be identified as artisans and tradesmen in low-to-medium quality woolen. The production and consumption of textiles is the most important non-agrarian economic activity, after building. The collegia centonariorum certainly did not develop everywhere. In fact, their development in a given place is indicative of the importance of the mode of production based on urban workshops. The collegium centonariorum first appeared at Rome; outside of Rome, the earliest such organizations were to be found in northern Italy, southern Gaul, and cities along the Danubian frontier. The collegia centonariorum belonged to the privileged types of associations. This leads the book, which concerns the role of the Roman authorities in facilitating the continued development of the collegia centonariorum.

Keywords: collegia centonariorum; collegium centonariorum; textile economy

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