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Roman Seas: A Maritime Archaeology of Eastern Mediterranean Economies

Justin Leidwanger


This book offers an archaeological analysis of maritime economy and connectivity in the Roman east. That seafaring was fundamental to prosperity under Rome is beyond doubt, but a tendency to view the grandest long-distance movements among major cities against a background noise of small-scale, short-haul activity has tended to flatten the finer and varied contours of maritime interaction and coastal life into a featureless blue Mediterranean. Drawing together maritime landscape studies and network analysis, this work takes a bottom-up view of the diverse socioeconomic conditions and seafaring ... More

Keywords: trade, seafaring, connectivity, Roman economy, Roman provinces, Late Antiquity, eastern Mediterranean, maritime archaeology, shipwreck, port

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190083656
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190083656.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justin Leidwanger, author
Assistant Professor of Classics, Stanford University