An urban Empire gives us a very graphic picture of the everyday activities that were happening in Rome, Pompeii, at that time, and since the information is taking right from the original sources, it drives us to the moment and place. According with this chapter, the people in Pompeii did a lot of different things for living; those activities went from simple trades, selling the everyday basics, up to more complicated trade such as prostitution.
In Pompeii, not only organized the prices for each of goods that they sold, but also they have established a specific schedule of were the market would be every weekday, except on Sunday, and by doing this the trades ensure they client. Now they also havehad specific prices for the slave population, which were lower than the regular price for the rest of the people. A clear example of this type of procedures is in page 125, of An Urban Empire, “7th: bread, oil…... bread for the slave [?] 2… ”
The commercial life in Pompeii were very active; there, the people not only sold things in store, so they can earn some money, but they also used to offered rewards for information about missing objects, or more money for the person that committed the act. (Page, 126)
But the trades that were in Pompeii by that time were not only cash for goods or cash for information, but also there were trade of prostitution, in the most blatant way. “I am your for two asses cash” (page 126)