BSR Online Lecture: Maritime connectivity in the Roman world: Portus, the Tiber and the sea

THURSDAY 14 MAY 18.00–19.30 CET

Peter Campbell (BSR)

We are delighted to launch this series of #BSROnlineLectures for all our friends and followers and in the hope of making new ones. Thanks go to all of those who have agreed to contribute to this first series and to colleagues at the BSR who have pulled the series together with such skill and speed. Although we cannot gather here in Rome, we take consolation in coming together online.

Stephen Milner, Director

Due to technical issues, this event was postponed from Wednesday 13 May to Thursday 14 May. We apologize for any inconvenience. This virtual lecture will take place using the online platform, Zoom.

Rome was built through facilitating and controlling movement, of which a significant part was maritime movement connecting vast regions. However, movement at sea is typified by contingency, in terms of environment and decision-making. This talk examines Roman maritime connectivity and how ships influenced settlement patterns along rivers and coastlines, maritime infrastructure and the spread of goods and ideas. It draws on the author’s maritime fieldwork in Albania, Greece and Italy, as well as archival research, ethnography and environmental modelling, in order to speak broadly about movement at sea and its impact on the ancient world. 

Dr Peter Campbell has a PhD in Archaeology (Southampton) and is the Assistant Director for Archaeology at the British School at Rome. He has directed maritime archaeology projects in 8 countries, including shipwreck surveys in Albania, Greece and Italy. His research broadly examines maritime connectivity through shipwrecks, harbours and navigation.

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