Trade networks in the Roman economy. Family relationships, trust and cooperation in a growing state structure.

01 October 2012 → 30 September 2018
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Economic archaeology
    • Ancient history
    • Political history
    • Socio-economic history
empire Roman commerce network analysis
Project description

This project aims at a structural analysis of trade networks in the Roman economy, more specifically in Republican Delos on the one hand and Ostia and Puteoli during the Imperial period on the other hand. A comparison of both analyses will show to what extent the introduction of a uniform governmental structure influences the nature of the networks. The working hypothesis is that political integration makes wider and more efficient networks possible.