Workshop 2018

Travel and Transport through Time – I.

Data and Methodologies to Model the movement of goods in Roman Times.

Organisers: Pau de Soto & Daniel Alves (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

Place & Date:

Lisboa – Universidade Nova de Lisboa / Monday, 10th September of 2018


Study and analyse historical periods economy is a highly complex field of study. This workshop focused in Roman times begins an outstanding series of workshops about Historical Travel and Transportation that will be celebrated annually. State economic policies, methods and costs of production, distribution of products, demography, are factors that must be taken into account to study the economies of the past. Among these fields, a very important element that must be analysed are the transports. Since the last century, we have tried to use classical written sources, administrative documents such as the Edict of Diocletian, fragments in papyri, historical data or graphic sources among other types of data to try to create new economic estimates on the economic costs and times of the transport. The seminar presented this year aims to compile the latest scientific studies on data and methodologies that are applied to the study of Roman transport.


Block 1: Historical Data / Block 2: Methodology


9:30 – Welcome

10:00 – B1. 1st Talk: Colin Adams (Univ. Liverpool) “Trade and Transport in Roman Egypt”

10:45 – B1. 2nd Talk: Pascal Arnaud (Univ. Lyon 2) – “Roman Sea transport”

11:30 – Coffee break

11:45 – B1. 3rd Talk: Cèsar Carreras (Univ. Aut. of Barc.) – “Measuring Cost and Time in Roman Transport”

12:30 – B1. 4th Talk: Toon Bonger (Ghent Univ.) – “Selecting Past Navigable Rivers: Process, Problems and Pathsways”

13:15 – Lunch

16:00 – B2. 5th Talk: Philip Verhagen (VU Amsterdam.) – “Reconstructing Local Transport Networks in the Dutch Roman Limes Using Least-Cost Paths and Network Analysis Techniques”

16:45 – B2. 6th Talk: Scott Arcenas (Univ. Stanford) – “Modelling Transportation in the Roman Empire”

17:30 – B2. 7th Talk: Xavier Rubio Campillo (Univ. of Edimburg) – “A Data Science Framework to Infer Long-range Trade Routes”

18:15 – B2. 8th Talk: Pau de Soto (Univ. Nova of Lisbon) – “The Roman Transport Networks in the Iberian Peninsula”

19:00 – Final Conclusions and debate

20:00 – Dinner