Great Landowners and the State in the Sixth Century
Great Landowners and the State in the Sixth Century:
Revisiting the Apion Archive
A round-table discussion chaired by Roger Bagnall
Monday 27 May 2013, 2.00–6.00 pm
All Souls College, Old Library
The publication of Todd Hickey’s Wine, Wealth, and the State in Late Antique Egypt (Ann Arbor 2012) offers the occasion to revisit the long-debated issues of the size and economic importance of large estates in the Justinianic period, and of their economic and political role within the empire.
The afternoon will begin with a series of short presentations by Todd Hickey, James Keenan, Jean Gascou, Andrew Wilson and Peter Sarris.
It will move on to a round-table discussion with Philip Booth, Alan Bowman, Jennifer Cromwell, Nikolaos Gonis, James Howard-Johnston, Roberta Mazza, Arietta Papaconstantinou, Bryan Ward-Perkins, and Mark Whittow.
The meeting will be followed by a wine reception at 6.00 pm.
This event is organised with the generous support of the Oxford Roman Economy Project and Baron Lorne Thyssen, the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, All Souls College, and the Department of Classics of the University of Reading.
The Oxford Roman Economy Project participates in a workshop on Fuel and Fire in the Roman World held at the Britisch School at Rome and the Finnish Institute of Rome on 8 and 9 March 2013, and organized by Robyn Veal. Speakers and discussants include Jim Ball, Laura Banducci, Silvie Coubray, Hilary Cool, Girolamo Fiorentini, David Griffiths, William Harris, Mohamed Kenawi, Victoria Leitch, Archer Martin, Heike Möller, Nicolas Monteix, Tony Rook, Ferdinando de Simone, Robyn Veal, Andrew Wilson, and Véronique Zech-Matterne.
Full programme can be found here. Abstracts have been published on the site of the British School at Rome.
On November 15, 2012, The Oxford Roman Economy Project and the Centre Camille Jullian will organize a workshop on coastal life in Roman Times. The workshop will take place at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies in Oxford. Attendance is free, but in order for us to organize numbers, please register through firstname.lastname@example.org. The full programme can be found here.
The workshop will bring together young doctoral students from Oxford and the Centre Camille Jullian in Aix-en-Provence and will address questions such as: What are the determinants of the economic success of port cities both in the Roman period and in Late Antiquity? How did cities invest in their maritime export or import potential? How integrated were smaller coastal settlements, coastal villas, or more inland productive centres in the wider Mediterranean economy? Were these ports only connected with their own territory or also with the territory of more inland cities? Can we identify connectivity along coastal façades, and interaction of both larger and smaller ports with their coastal hinterlands?
This ESF-funded conference will be organized by the Oxford Roman Economy Project and will take place in Oxford, from 8-11 November, 2012. Focus will be on urban economic life in Europe and the Mediterranean from the emergence of Greece and Rome in the first millennium BCE up to the eve of the industrial revolution in the eighteenth century. It will bring together a group of leading scholars from a wide range of national and academic backgrounds and aims to be the starting point for interdisciplinary, Europe-wide collaboration that will foster comparative approaches to urban economic life in preindustrial societies.
On Wednesday, May 16th (3:30 pm) the Roman Economy Project will organize the first of a series of Work-in-Progress Sessions aimed at Oxford-based researchers and graduate students working on themes related to the Roman Economy in the widest sense of the word. Particularly, the work-in-progress sessions aim to bring together ancient historians and archaeologists working on themes related to the Roman economy.
These sessions provide an opportunity to present and test, in a small scale environment, newly developing ideas, and to discuss current developments in the field in a more or less informal atmosphere. Presentations will be short (max. 15 minutes) and followed by discussion.
For the first session, confirmed speakers are Jack Hanson, Greg Votruba and Frits Heinrich.
While Pompeii has been at the centre of scholarly attention for over two centuries, there has been relatively little debate about the economy of the city and its hinterland, and its role in local, regional and Mediterranean networks of trade and exchange. Recent years have seen a revival of interest in the material remains of Pompeii’s shops, workshops and infrastructure, which has led to some fundamental changes in our ideas about economic life in the city. Yet in current debates about the Roman economy, Pompeii plays little or no role, despite its unique material remains.
Tyler Franconi and Candace Rice, both affiliated with the Oxford Roman Economy Project, are organizing a session on New Models of Trade and Supply in the Roman Empire at this year's Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Archaeology. The session presents current investigations into the economics of trade and supply within the Roman Empire. In particular, it aims to assess the extent and scale of regional and micro-regional integration of economic systems within the larger Roman economy.
Regional needs varied based on many factors. To meet these needs, areas were supplied by both local and long-distance resources, though the mechanics of this supply are not fully understood. The level of inter-regional economic connectivity needs further investigation. How important was local production relative to imports, and what socio-economic reasons can we see behind this relationship? To what extent was trade driven by consumer demand? How did Imperial and private enterprise influence the movement of commodities? How much knowledge did merchants and producers have of their destination markets, and was trade truly as haphazard as some scholars would have us believe?
The Classical Archaeology Graduate Seminar for Michaelmas Term 2011 will focus on the role of everyday work – and especially manufacturing – in the cities of the Greek and Roman world. Work was a central aspect of social life in urban as well as rural communities, and shops and workshops were a defining element in urban landscapes. The key question which the seminar will address is how we can use the evidence for everyday work in understanding the social and cultural dynamics of urban communities in classical antiquity. Rather than examining production technology or economic history, this seminar will therefore focus primarily on the social and cultural aspects of crafts and trade, with speakers discussing the spatial position of manufacturing establishments in their urban contexts, the iconography of crafts and craftsmen, and the social contexts in which manufacturing was done.
The seminar is organized by Dr. Janet DeLaine and Dr. Miko Flohr, and will take place on Monday, 5pm in the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies. Speakers include Serafina Cuomo, Lin Foxhall, Vladimir Stissi, Thomas Mannack, Alex Mullen, Peter Stewart, Nicolas Monteix, and Miko Flohr.
This interdisciplinary workshop brings together, for the first time, leading European specialists studying Roman craftsmen and traders. The study of this topic is currently quickly developing: new theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches are transforming our insight into the social and professional strategies of craftsmen and traders, and are enhancing the significance of everyday work for Roman social and economic history in general. Yet, the field is still rather divided along national and disciplinary lines. This workshop, and follow-up collaborations such as a conference series and reference works, will foster debate across these lines, maximizing the impact of current developments.
The Roman Discussion Forum of Trinity Term 2011 has several papers closely related to the themes of the Oxford Roman Economy Project. Relevant speakers include Stacey McGowen, Janice Kinory, Kris Lockyear, Cathy King and Jack Hanson.