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Frontier Economies in the Roman Empire - 19-20/09/2019, Oxford (England)



This conference aims to bring together specialists in Roman frontiers and economic history to discuss new evidence and approaches to studying the economic life of border regions around the Roman world.


FECHA /DATE/DATA: 19-20/09/2019


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: The Old Library, All Souls College, Oxford (England)







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Thursday, 19 September

9:15-9:30       A. Wilson (Oxford): Welcome and introduction
9:30-10:15      T. Franconi (Brown): The economic lives of Roman frontiers: old models and new data.
10:15-11:00     P. Erdkamp (Brussels): The role of the state in the market integration in the West.

11:00-11:30     Coffee

11:30-12:15     A. Hirt (Liverpool): Mining and ‘frontiers’: extractive operations in Roman Spain.
12:15-13:00     A. Dalla Rosa (Bordeaux): Imperial land, forests, and workshops in the Danubian region: acquisition, distribution, and economic roles.

13:00-14:00     Lunch

14:00-14:45     I. Haynes (Newcastle): Characterising and quantifying frontier economies: some methodological considerations.
14:45-15:30     D. Breeze (Edinburgh): Civilians and traders on Hadrian’s Wall.
15:30-14:15     L. Lodwick (Oxford): The economic organisation of cereal production in Britannia: new evidence from crop stable-isotope analysis and grain-drying ovens.

16:15-16:45     Tea

16:45-17:30     M. Brüggler (LVR-Xanten): Agriculture in the Lower Rhine plain: production for a sustainable frontier?
17:30-18:15     B. Hellings (Yale): Big data: monetizing the Roman frontier.

Friday, 20 September

9:30-10:15      O. Láng (Budapest): Stop-Shop: trading activity in the Aquincum civil town.
10:15-11:00     I. Oltean and C. Ciongradi (Exeter and Cluj-Napoca): A matter of finances: the archaeological evidence from the praetorium 
procuriensis at Sarmizegetusa Ulpia (Dacia).

11:00-11:30     Coffee

11:30-12:15     S. James (Leicester): Parasite, benefactor, or…? Impact of the imperial garrison on the civic economy of Dura-Europos, Syria, c. AD 165-256.
12:15-13:00     R. Palermo (Groningen): An imperial steppe: space, demography, and economy in Roman period Eastern Syria and Mesopotamia.

13:00-14:00     Lunch

14:00-14:45     D. Mattingly (Leicester): What lay beyond: the economic relations of the African frontiers and the Sahara.
14:45-15:30     M. Gibbs (Winnipeg): The economy of the southern Roman Egyptian frontier: Talmis and Kertassi during the Roman period.

15:30-16:00     Tea

16:00-16:45     J.-P. Brun (Paris): The Eastern Desert of Egypt as a resource and as a link with the Indian Ocean during the Graeco-Roman period.
16:45-17:30     D. Nappo (Naples): India, the missing province.
17:30-18:15     E. Fentress (Rome): Final discussion.

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