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  • Understanding the centuries-long functioning of the Roman economy

Project description

The archaeology of the Roman Empire offers us a unique glimpse at how large integrated economies can evolve over centuries. However, understanding how centuries-long economic changes emerge from the day-to-day behaviour of individuals requires new methods and vast amounts of data. This project will combine for the first time state-of-the art computer simulation techniques from complexity economics, the integration of newly available large ceramics evidence from hundreds of sites across the Empire needed to test hypotheses, and the first highly detailed model of the Roman road network offering the medium for flows of goods and information.

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Danmarks Frie Forskningsfond (DFF) Sapere Aude research leadership grant (0163-00060B)


Tom Brughmans

Associate Professor