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AIA Spring 2021 Series: Carrie Atkins
The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) Tucson Society Spring 2021 Series presents, "Shipwrecks and the Transport of Luxury in the Roman Mediterranean," with Professor Carrie Atkins, University of Toronto, Mississauga. This event will be hosted on Thursday, April 15, 2021, at 5:00pm using Zoom Meetings. Please register in advance of the event!

During the late Republic and early Empire, Rome had a voracious appetite for importing luxury objects from around the Mediterranean: spices from the Arabian Peninsula, sculptures and bronzes from Greece, glassware from Egypt and the Levant, and textiles from India, to list a few examples. Some of these so-termed luxuries have been preserved in shipwrecks in the Mediterranean, yet these objects only represent a small portion of the overall cargoes. By examining several Roman shipwrecks (ca 200 BCE – 200 CE) that were transporting such luxury objects, I discuss how these assemblages force us to re-evaluate static definitions of luxury and assess the impact of mobility upon shifting social importance in multi-scalar networks. In particular, through considering cargoes as assemblages, I discuss agents who were often overlooked in literary accounts, and I de-centralize Rome as the main consumer of luxuries by showing the transportation of these goods to the western Mediterranean. 

This event is co-sponsored by the AIA Society of Tucson and Southern Arizona, the George Bass Fund, the Department of Classics and Religious Studies in the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona, and the University of Arizona School of Anthropology.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Apr 15, 2021 05:00 PM in Arizona

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