Mensae Ponderariae from the North-Western Black Sea Region. Preliminary Approach
Studies of mensae ponderariae, or σηκώματα, are important for the understanding of economic processes in the Roman Empire. After the pioneer studies undertaken in the 19th century, modern scholars did not pay due attention to these items for a long time. The authors of this paper propose a more systematic approach to the research, focusing only on several ancient tables for measuring capacities found in the North-Western Pontus region. The first stage of the investigation consists of thorough direct observations, gathering data from museum collections, photography, and graphic documentation of samples. An analysis of epigraphic sources gives an opportunity to study the economic processes related to the supply of the Roman army at the Danube limes and the trade relationships in the Black Sea region. The compilation of a corpus of mensae ponderariae from this region would be of paramount significance for the further study of economic history.