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Climate Change in the Breadbasket of the Roman Empire - 23-24/01/2020, Rome (Italy)



FECHA/DATE/DATA: 23-24/01/2020


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Swiss Institute in Rome (Rome, Italy)






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January 23, 2020


Session 1: The Nile River over the longue durée (chair: Markus Stoffel)


14:30 – 15:00 Sabine R. Huebner (Basel) Welcome and Introduction


15:00 – 15:30 Henry F.  Lamb (Aberystwyth) Lake Tana and the Blue Nile: the last 150,000 years


15:30 – 16:00 Cecile Blanchet (Potsdam) Flood dynamics during the last Saharan Humid Period: clues from a laminated record from the Nile deep-sea fan


16:00 – 16:30 Elena Xoplaki (Giessen) Precipitation variability and changes in monsoonal Africa - Associations with northern Egyptian hydroclimate in new comprehensive earth system models prior to CE 700


16:30 – 17:00 Coffee


17:00 – 17:30 Judith Bunbury (Cambridge) Evidence for Graeco-Roman Climate and environment; tying climate records to observations from the field


17:30 – 18:00 Response by Irene Soto Marín (Basel) and General Discussion 


20:00 Dinner



January 24, 2020


Session 2: Historical case studies of Nile flood extremes during Roman times (chair: Marco Maiuro)


9:30 – 10:00 Anna Arpaia (Pavia) The Nile breaks the banks: unfavorable floods in some documents from the 1st century BC Herakleopolite


10:00 – 10:30 Katherine Blouin (Toronto) Good Flood, Bad Flood: Environmental entanglements in the Roman Northeastern Delta


10:30 – 11:00 Sabine R. Huebner  (Basel) Did shifts in the African Monsoon lead to the decline of the Roman Fayum from the third century CE?


11:00 – 11:30 Coffee


11:30 – 12:00 Christopher Corona (Clermont) Multi-proxy approach provides insights into climate variability in Central Italy at the End of the Roman Empire: Insights of Work in the Nile river


12:00 – 12:30 Response by Elio Lo Cascio (Rome) and General discussion


12:30 – 13:30 Lunch



Session 3: Natural proxies for reconstructing Nile floods during the Roman period (chair: Sabine R. Huebner)


13:30 – 14:00 Matthieu Ghilardi (Aix-en-Provence) Nile River evolution during Graeco-Roman times in Egypt : what we learn from sediment archives?


14:00 – 14:30 Markus Stoffel (Geneva) Tracking changes in Nile floods with tree rings: Possibilities and limitations


14:30 – 15:00 Coffee


15:00 – 15:30 Kevin Anchukaitis (Tucson) Inference from the periphery: large-scale climate variability and Nile floods during the Common Era

15:30 – 16:00 Response by Federico de Romanis (Rome) and General Discussion


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