Networking in the Ancient World: Tracing, Understanding and Interpreting Trade and Social Connections in the Ancient World

9:00am - 5:00pm / Thursday 6th December 2018 / Venue: Library Room, Liverpool Guild of Students
Type: Other / Category: Department
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  • Admission: Free. Contact Juliet Spedding ( or Kate Caraway ( to register.
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This conference will explore the networks that intersected the ancient world, criss-crossing and connecting individuals, communities and cultures. Texts, archaeology and scientific analysis provide snapshots into the extent and complexity of trading and the social networks that were integral to life. These are rich sources of evidence for analysing and exploring ancient networks, and when applied using interpretative models can yield a fuller understanding of the social, political, and economic interactions that characterised and shaped everyday life over both the short and long term.

Because networks are fundamentally about people, they can tell us about the macro and the micro. They facilitate the movement of goods and impact political landscapes, but also shape village dynamics and religious practices. Through papers exploring ancient cultures from across Europe, the Mediterranean basin and the Near East, the conference will explore: methodologies for tracing networks through artefacts and texts; theoretical frameworks for conceptualising the connected past; and implications of the interpretations of networks on our understanding of ancient cultures.

Join us for a full day of papers, and a keynote address by Prof John K. Davies. The event is followed by a wine reception.