Connectivity in the Western Mediterranean

The BSR seeks to sustain a broad interest in the western Mediterranean from antiquity to the modern period. The connectivity across the Mediterranean, between east and west, north and south, and via rivers and roads into the hinterland, has led to work on transport of physical objects, and movement of people and ideas, from antiquity to the present day.

The BSR hosts the Roman Port Networks Project, which aims to analyze the relationships between Portus and other ports in the Mediterranean from the perspective of the co-presence of traded amphorae and marble.

The Portus Project has been one of the most successful archaeological projects of recent years, and a case study for the combination of methods and for public dissemination of results. Portus was Rome’s greatest harbour and exemplifies Mediterranean connectivity.

Award-Holders since 2008

Victoria Leitch (Oxford): Roman North African cookwares in the Mediterranean: production, diffusion and typological reference
Alun Williams (Cardiff): Colonization in the western Mediterranean: case-studies of Greek, Roman and Phoenician colonies in Italy, Sicily and Sardinia
Katia Schoerle (Oxford): The coastal villas of Lepcis Magna: production, landscape and economic ties to Rome
Michael Carr (Institute of Historical Research): Trade and crusade between the Italian maritime republics and the Turks: 1300-1500
Ana Maria Suarez Huerta: Travels across Europe in the eighteenth century: the unique case of Spain
Anthi Andronikou (St Andrews): Cultural encounters between southern Italy and Cyprus: thirteenth-century pictorial evidence

Selected Publications since 2008

Selected Portus Publications may be found here

Related Events since 2010

Wednesday 12 March 2014

G.E. Street in Rome: a Victorian architect and his churches

Wednesday 12 February 2014

Italy and Renaissance globalisation: The circulation of goods, skills and technology

Wednesday 5 February 2014

G.E. Rickman Lecture: Thalassocracy: Sea Power in the Mediterranean and Beyond

Monday 2 December 2013

Da Giustiniano a Bologna

Wednesday 27 November 2013

In Pursuit of Fame: William Kent in Italy (1709-1719)

Friday 15 November 2013

Persia and Rum

Thursday 14 November 2013

Grand Strategies of the Great Powers in Late Antiquity

Monday 11 November 2013

From Trajan to Belisarius. Recent research in the area of the Palazzo Imperiale at Portus

Thursday 24 October 2013

Presentazione del progetto “La domanda, l’offerta e la circolazione di arte e design italiani dopo L’Unità”

Wednesday 23 October 2013

Rethinking travel and tourism in Italy: the case of Naples, Vesuvius and the buried cities, 1770-1840

Wednesday 16 October 2013

Sir Joshua Reynolds in Rome, 1750-1752

Wednesday 19 June 2013

Torino Britannica

Wednesday 19 June 2013

Viaggi, viaggiatori e pittori a Torino tra Sei e Settecento

Wednesday 12 June 2013

Galeazzo Alessi and the Sacro Monte di Varallo: reconstructing Jerusalem during the Counter Reformation

Wednesday 29 May 2013

To the lands of the Sultan of Babylon: The papacy and trade with Muslims during the later Middle Ages

Wednesday 29 May 2013

Roma, Tevere, Litorale: 3000 anni di storia, le sfide del presente

Monday 27 May 2013

The Valle Giulia Dialogues

Thursday 23 May 2013

Conservare e rivelare Ostia: un secolo di esperienze tra restauro e manutenzione

Wednesday 22 May 2013

Function, message or status symbol? The mixed reasons behind the form of Early Christian baptisteries

Wednesday 17 April 2013

The gates intra muros and the question of the growth of the city in the archaic period

Wednesday 10 April 2013

Roman Kings: the place of allied monarchs in the Augustan cultural programme

Tuesday 19 March 2013

The Mediterranean City: Religion

Wednesday 27 February 2013

W.T.C Walker Lecture: From Brunelleschi to Michelangelo to Sinan: Mediterranean Perspectives on the Architect’s Biography

Thursday 21 February 2013

Cultural Memory and the Resources of the Past in the Early Middle Ages

Wednesday 23 January 2013

The Theodosian Harbour and Yenikapı Byzantine Shipwrecks Excavation, Istanbul-Turkey

Tuesday 22 January 2013

The Concept, Chronology and Construction of Trajanic Buildings at Portus, Ostia and Rome

Wednesday 16 January 2013

Molly Cotton Lecture: Villanoviano. Un caposaldo all’ inizio del I millennio a.C.

Wednesday 5 December 2012

Italy and Albania: Past and Present

Saturday 24 November 2012

The Mediterranean City: Space

Wednesday 21 November 2012

Knowledge In Transit In Early Modern Europe: Did All Roads Lead To Rome?

Friday 22 June 2012


Fish and Ships

Wednesday 30 May 2012


Italy and Libya under Qadhafi and beyond

Friday 25 May 2012


“Tripolini” in Italia. Percorsi di ricerca tra storia, memorie e narrazioni di ebrei della Libia

Wednesday 23 May 2012


Concordia between east and west: Rome and Constantinople as rivals and allies in the 4th and 5th centuries

Thursday 15 December 2011


Roma fuori Roma: Lo Stato Pontificio e le esportazioni di opera d’arte tra il 1775 e il 1870

Monday 21 November 2011


The Roman Shipyards of Portus

Wednesday 9 November 2011

Inaugural Rickman Lecture

Il posizionamento dello stoccaggio nel sistema commerciale romano

Tuesday 27 September 2011

Book Presentation

Ricoveri per navi militari nei Porti del Mediterraneo antico e medievale

Wednesday 21 September 2011


Shipbuilding at Portus? The results of excavations at the Palazzo Imperiale 2011

Thursday 23 June 2011


Reconstructing history through pottery: the contribution of Roman African cookwares

Tuesday 1 February 2011

Art History lecture

Favoured by Aeneas and Augustus. Patronage at Butrint and the impact of Actium


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