Oxford Roman Economy Project University of Oxford

Trade, Commerce, and the State in the Roman World (October 1-3, 2009)


The fourth OXREP conference took place 1–3 October 2009 at the Ioannou Classics Centre and focused on trade, with sessions on institutions and government stimuli, trade within the empire, and trade across imperial boundaries. Speakers included Philip Kay, Alan Bowman, Boudewijn Sirks, Elio Lo Cascio, Jean-Jacques Aubert, Hannah Friedman, Salvatore Martino, Colin Adams, William Harris, Ivan Radman, Ben Russell, Emanuele Papi, Danièle Foy, Michael Fulford, Michel Bonifay, Paul Reynolds, Andrew Wilson, Dario Nappo, David Peacock, Barbara Davidde, Roberta Tomber, David Graf, Raffaela Pierobon Benoit, and David Mattingly.



Thursday 1 October 2009: Government intervention or stimulation through fiscal instruments, markets, subsidies for military, long-distance supply etc.

10:00–10:30 Coffee and registration
10:30–13:00 Morning session
  Philip Kay, Oxford — Financial institutions and structures in the last century of the Roman Republic
  Alan Bowman, Oxford — Taxation and fiscal controls
  Boudewijn Sirks, Oxford — Law, commerce, and finance
13:00–14:00 Lunch
14:00–15:30 Early-afternoon session
  Elio Lo Cascio, Rome Sapienza — Market regulation and transaction costs in the Roman Empire
  Jean-Jacques Aubert, Neuî?»âtel — respondent
  General discussion
15:30–16:00 Tea
16:00–18:00 Late-afternoon session
  Hannah Friedman, Oxford — Supplying the Faynan: local resources vs imperial will
  Salvatore Martino, Lecce — Transport in the Roman Mediterranean: an integrated system
  Colin Adams, Liverpool — respondent
18:00 Drinks

Friday 2 October 2009: Trade and manufacture within the empire.

9:00–10:30 Early-morning session
  William Harris, Columbia — Trade in timber under the Roman empire
  Ivan Radman, Arch. Mus. Zagreb — Prices and costs in the textile industry in the light of the lead tags from Siscia
10:30–11:00 Coffee
11:00–12:30 Late-morning session
  Ben Russell, Oxford — Moving mountains: contextualising the imperial stone trade •
  Emanuele Papi, Siena — Import and export in Mauretania Tingitana: the evidence from Thamusida
12:30–13:30 Lunch
13:30–15:00 Early-afternoon session
  Danièle Foy, Aix-Marseille/CNî?¬S — La circulation du verre en Méditerranée antique : matières premières, produits finis, vaisselle, vitres et contenants
  Michael Fulford, Reading — The pull of the north: Gallo-Roman sigillata in Britain in the 2nd and 3rd centuries
15:00–15:30 Tea
15:30–17:30 Late-afternoon session
  Michel Bonifay, Aix-Marseille/CNRS — The diffusion of African pottery under the Roman Empire: evidence and interpretation
  Paul Reynolds, Barcelona — Supply networks of the Roman East and West: interaction, fragmentation, and the origins of Byzantine economy
  Andrew Wilson, Oxford — respondent
17:30–18:00 General discussion
18:00 Drinks


Saturday 3 October 2009: Eastern and Red Sea trade, India, Arabia and the deserts.

9:30–11:00 Early-morning session
  Dario Nappo, Oxford — Cost, profit and figures in Red Sea trade
  David Peacock, Southampton — The Roman Red Sea ports and the Chinese connection.
11:00–11:30 Coffee
11:30–13:00 Late-morning session
  Barbara Davidde, ISCN Rome — The port of Qana, a junction point between the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea: the underwater evidence
  Roberta Tomber, British Museum — respondent
13:00–14:00 Lunch
14:00–15:30 Early-afternoon session
  David Graf, Miami — The Silk Road between Syria and China
  Raffaela Pierobon Benoit, Naples Federico II — From Palmyra to Northern Mesopotamia: the archaeological evidence.
15:30–16:00 Tea
16:00–18:00 Late-afternoon session
  David Mattingly, Leicester — Rome and the Garamantes: practicalities and realities of Saharan trade
  Andrew Wilson, Oxford — closing responses
  General discussion
18:00 Drinks


October 01-03, 2009:


Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Lecture Theatre. Registration.

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