Sinews of Empire: Networks in the Roman Near East and Beyond [Hardback]

Eivind Heldaas Seland (Editor); Håkon Fiane Teigen (Editor)

ISBN: 9781785705960 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2017 | Language: English 240p, b/w

Sinews of Empire


A recent surge of interest in network approaches to the study of the ancient world has enabled scholars of the Roman Empire to move beyond traditional narratives of domination, resistance, integration and fragmentation. This relational turn has not only offers tools to identify, map, visualize and, in some cases, even quantify interaction based on a variety of ancient source material, but also provides a terminology to deal with the everyday ties of power, trade, and ideology that operated within, below, and beyond the superstructure of imperial rule. Thirteen contributions employ a range of quantitative, qualitative and descriptive network approaches in order to provide new perspectives on trade, communication, administration, technology, religion and municipal life in the Roman Near East and adjacent regions.

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