This session contribution to the AIAC Conference takes the issue of the relationship of Portus to the ports of the Roman Mediterranean as the principal framework of enquiry. It would also break new ground by looking at ports in terms of their distinctiveness as communities and the degree to which they were embedded into the broader political, economic, social and cultural fabric of the Roman Mediterranean during the Imperial period.
In order to achieve this, the conference will be organized around a number of themes which will seek to address the following underlying questions:
- How important were geographical context and accessibility in the choice of port location?
- How significant were ports to economic production and exchange across the Roman Mediterranean?
- How significant were ports in the movement of people, ideas and contagion across the Roman Empire?
- How distinct were port communities from communities inland?
- To what extent can ports be considered as symbolic landscapes as well as functional foci?
- Simon Keay (British School at Rome, University of Southampton), Giulia Boetto (Centre Camille Jullian, Université d’Aix-en-Provence)
- Michael Heinzelmann (University of Berne)
- Simon Keay (British School at Rome, University of Southampton)
- Cristophe Morhange (CNRS CEREGE UMR 6635, Universite d’Aix-Marseille), N. Marriner (CNRS CEREGE UMR 6635, Universite d’Aix-Marseille)
- Emad Khalil (University of Alexandria, Egypt)
- H. Hurst (University of Cambridge)
- Darío Bernal Casasola
- Daniel González Acuña
- Giulia Boetto
- Josep Maria Macias Solé, Josep Anton Remolà Vallverdú
- Sebastián F. Ramallo Asensio, Miguel Martínez Andreu