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Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy

Simulating Roman Economies

Theories, Methods, and Computational Models

Simulating Roman Economies

Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy

Simulating Roman Economies

Theories, Methods, and Computational Models

Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy: Simulating Roman Economies

 

Simulating Roman Economies aims to provide the common ground, guidance, and inspiration needed to make simulation methods part of the tools of the trade in Roman Studies, and to allow them to make constructive contributions to our understanding of the Roman economy.


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Beschrijving Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy: Simulating Roman Economies

The use of formal modelling and computational simulation in studies of the Roman economy has become more common over the last decade. But detailed critical evaluations of this innovative approach are still missing and much needed. What kinds of insights about the Roman economy can it lead to that could not have been obtained through more established approaches, and how do simulation methods constructively enhance research processes in Roman Studies?

This edited volume addresses this need through critical discussion and convincing examples. It presents the Roman economy as a highly complex system, traditionally studied through critical examinations of material and textual sources, and understood through a wealth of diverging theories. A key contribution of simulation lies in its ability to formally represent diverse theories of Roman economic phenomena, and test them against empirical evidence. Critical simulation studies rely on
collaboration across Roman data, theory, and method specialisms, and can constructively enhance multivocality of theoretical debates of the Roman economy. This potential is illustrated, avoiding computational and mathematical language, through simulation studies of a wealth of Roman economic phenomena: from
maritime trade and terrestrial transport infrastructures, through the economic impacts of the Antonine Plague and demography, to local cult economies and grain trade.

Through these examples and discussions, this volume aims to provide the common ground, guidance, and inspiration needed to make simulation methods part of the tools of the trade in Roman Studies, and to allow them to make constructive contributions to our understanding of the Roman economy.


ISBN
9780192857828
Pagina's
336
Verschenen
Serie
Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy
NUR
780
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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