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The Real Estate Market in the Roman World 07-08-09/10/2020, London (England)

The property market was a key economic sector in ancient Rome. Roman society was strongly shaped by patrimonial mentality and – as happens in modern societies – also largely influenced by political agendas, speculative enterprises and financial crises. The study of this multifaceted sector requires a deep understanding of cultural and normative frameworks, institutions and economic structures, but also cross-disciplinary approaches and comparative research of other pre-industrial and modern societies. The conference will be enriched by economic theory, discuss new evidence and perspectives, and bring together current research on a wide variety of business and managerial activities, motivations and social aspects that concerned both urban and rural, residential and commercial properties. Ultimately, the event aims to provide tools and ideas that inspire future research in ancient and comparative ‘real estate studies'.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 07-08-09/10/2020

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Senate House, University of London (London, England)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Cristina Rosillo-López, Marta Garcia Morcillo




Day 1.

9.00: Welcome. 9.30: Start: Welcome words

9.45: Marta García Morcillo (University of Roehampton), and Cristina Rosillo-López (UPO Sevilla): Introduction: The Real Estate Market in the Roman World.

10.15-11.00: David Madden (LSE, London): The Commodification of Housing in 21st Century Cities.

11.00-11.45: Elizabeth David-Barrett (Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption, Brighton): Dirty Money and the London Property Market in the 21st century.

11.45-12.00: coffee break 12.00-12.45: Luigi Capogrossi Colognesi (Università di Roma, La Sapienza): Some Evidence of Older Forms of Land Acquisition in Roman Legal and Epigraphic Documents.

12.45-14.00: Lunch break

14.00-14.45: Cristina Rosillo-López (UPO Sevilla): State Intervention in the Roman Real Estate Market.

14.45-15.30: Francisco Pina Polo (Universidad de Zaragoza): Ocelli Italiae: Senatorial Villae as Information Hubs.

15.30-15.45: coffee break

15.45-16.30: Max Koedijk (Topoi, Univ. Berlin): How to Buy a Villa: Lessons from Cicero.

16.30-17.15: Dominik Maschek (University of Oxford): “Two of my shops have fallen down and the rest are cracking ...” (Cic. Att. 14,9) Urban Development, the Construction Industry and Economic Growth in Late Republican Italy.

Day 2.

9.00-9.45: Paul du Plessis (University of Edinburgh): Agrimensores and Roman law.

9.45-10.30: Dennis Kehoe (University of Tulane): Land and Securing the Future.

10.30-10.45: coffee break

10.45-11.30: Annalisa Marzano (University of Reading): A Luxury Maritime Villa on the Sorrento Peninsula: When Real Estate Does not Make Financial Sense.

11.30-12.15: Cecilia Ricci (Università del Molise) & Letizia Caldelli (Università di Roma, La Sapienza): Property Management and Social Patronage between the 2nd and the 4th century AD: the gens Neratia in Central Italy.

12.15-13.00: Sofia Piacentin (Université Bordeaux-Montaigne): Imperial Properties in the North-Western Provinces: Possible Patterns of Acquisition and Management.

13.00-14.15: Lunch break

14.15-15.00: Paul Kelly (Kings College London): The Real Estate Markets in Roman Egypt.

15.00-15.45: Jean Andreau (EHESS, Paris): The Real Estate Market in the Campanian Wax-Tablets.

15.45-16.15: coffee break

16.15-17.00: Emilia Mataix (University of Helsinki): Horrea: How Storage Engaged with Shipping Flows and made the Roman Economy Bigger.

17.00-17.45: Jean-Pierre Guilhembet (Université Paris I Sorbonne) & Cyril Courrier (Université Aix/Marseille), What can we Learn from the Regionary Catalogues on the Real Estate Market of Ancient Rome?

Day 3.

9.30-10.15: Carlos Machado (University of Saint Andrews): Real Estate and Elite Investment in Late Antique Rome.

10.15-10.30: coffee break

10.30-11.15: Penny Goodman (University of Leeds): Negotiating for Space in Roman Cities: Public and Private Ownership in Theory and Practice.

11.15-12.00: Andrew Wareham and Aaron Columbus (University of Roehampton): New Narratives on Wealth Distribution and the Poor in Restoration England: National and Metropolitan Perspectives.

12.00-12.45: Final Debate, led by Christian Rollinger (Universität Trier).

End of the conference.

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