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Finding the Limits of the Limes

Modelling Demography, Economy and Transport on the Edge of the Roman Empire

Editors: Verhagen, Philip, Joyce, Jamie, Groenhuijzen, Mark (Eds.)

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  • Features state-of-the-art computer models of Roman economy, demography and transport
  • Shows the added value of computer modelling for Roman frontier studies
  • Provides background on both modelling and the archaeological setting
  • Includes best practices for model sensitivity analysis and validation
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This open access book demonstrates the application of simulation modelling and network analysis techniques in the field of Roman studies. It summarizes and discusses the results of a 5-year research project carried out by the editors that aimed to apply spatial dynamical modelling to reconstruct and understand the socio-economic development of the Dutch part of the Roman frontier (limes) zone, in particular the agrarian economy and the related development of settlement patterns and transport networks in the area. The project papers are accompanied by invited chapters presenting case studies and reflections from other parts of the Roman Empire focusing on the themes of subsistence economy, demography, transport and mobility, and socio-economic networks in the Roman period.

The book shows the added value of state-of-the-art computer modelling techniques and bridges computational and conventional approaches. Topics that will be of particular interest to archaeologists are the question of (forced) surplus production, the demographic and economic effects of the Roman occupation on the local population, and the structuring of transport networks and settlement patterns. For modellers, issues of sensitivity analysis and validation of modelling results are specifically addressed. This book will appeal to students and researchers working in the computational humanities and social sciences, in particular, archaeology and ancient history.

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Finding the Limits of the Limes: Setting the Scene

    Verhagen, Philip (et al.)

    Pages 1-19

  • Current Trends in Roman Demography and Empirical Approaches to the Dynamics of the Limes Populations

    Séguy, Isabelle

    Pages 23-41

  • Modelling the Dynamics of Demography in the Dutch Roman Limes Zone: A Revised Model

    Verhagen, Philip

    Pages 43-59

  • Broad and Coarse: Modelling Demography, Subsistence and Transportation in Roman England

    Franconi, Tyler (et al.)

    Pages 61-75

  • A Different Vision of Ancient Settlement Dynamics: Creation and Application of a Model of Evolution of Roman Settlement of the Plateau Lorrain (France)

    Nüsslein, Antonin

    Pages 77-92

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-04576-0
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-04575-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Finding the Limits of the Limes
Book Subtitle
Modelling Demography, Economy and Transport on the Edge of the Roman Empire
Editors
  • Philip Verhagen
  • Jamie Joyce
  • Mark Groenhuijzen
Series Title
Simulating the Past
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-04576-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-04576-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-04575-3
Series ISSN
2662-3145
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 337
Number of Illustrations
43 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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