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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds SIMON KEAY: I know you come from a classics background. So how do you think all of this archaeological view of the Roman Mediterranean, how is that making you think about the Roman Empire?

Skip to 0 minutes and 18 seconds MEAGHAN CARLEY: Well, as you said, we have all kinds of physical evidence for that. And sort of a span of their civilisation, which I never really grasped before. You said North Africa, Asia Minor, Spain. And I think it really speaks to a sort of globalisation, which is something that I think we often forget they did first.


You will have gathered that Meaghan thinks that the material culture demonstrates the span of the Roman civilisation and in turn suggest a sort of “globalisation” in the early first millennium.

Meaghan is using the term “globalisation” to express a sense of similarity - she doesn’t literally equate the Roman past with a contemporary concept. This is an important distinction.

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To what extent can we apply a concept like “globalisation” to the Roman world? Please add your thoughts in the comments section below.

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