Chapter 6. The Economy of Vandal Africa

  1. Andy Merrills and
  2. Richard Miles

Published Online: 15 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318074.ch6

The Vandals

The Vandals

How to Cite

Merrills, A. and Miles, R. (2010) The Economy of Vandal Africa, in The Vandals, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318074.ch6

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 5 FEB 2010

Book Series:

  1. The Peoples of Europe

Book Series Editors:

  1. James Campbell and
  2. Barry Cunliffe

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160681

Online ISBN: 9781444318074



  • Vandal Africa's economy - prodigious wealth of Vandal Carthage;
  • sacking of Rome in 455 and rich plunderings brought back;
  • Vandals, closely associated with piracy and plunder;
  • North Africa - affluence in fifth and sixth centuries;
  • economic life in North Africa - under the Vandals;
  • non-commercial forms of economic exchange;
  • North Africa's land taxes - payment as grain and olive oil;
  • Carthage and Rome - backbone of Mediterranean economy;
  • oil press, near the forum in Thuburbo Maius;
  • ‘Albertini Tablets’ - lives of peasants in rural communities in late fifth-century


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Exploring the Ancient Economy

  • Taxes, Trade and African Prosperity in the Late Roman Economy

  • Town and Country in Vandal Africa

  • Vandal Fiscal Organization

  • Coins and Vandal Monetary Policy

  • Conclusions: The Economy of Vandal Africa