Matthew S. Hobson: How (or how not) to study ancient economics during the neoliberal crisis

Archäologisches Kolloquium, Munich – Lundi 30 mai 2016  à 19 h 00

Dr Matthew S. Hobson (Leiden): How (or how not) to study ancient economics during the neoliberal crisis: an archaeological case study from Roman North Africa

This presentation attempts to use traditional archaeological sources and methods, combined with literary and epigraphic evidence (inscriptions on stone or bronze and ostraca), to develop a narrative about economic growth in North Africa during the Roman period (146 BC – AD 439). It specifically looks at Roman centuriation and land-holding (the lex Manciana and lex Hadriana de rudibus agris), rural production sites for olive oil, wine and fish products and their relationship to ceramic production and trade (including African Red Slip Ware, Amphorae and cooking wares). The development of a wealthy African municipal aristocracy will be related to the broader process of urbanisation, and to the eventual fragmentation of centralised imperial power.

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