GRAEME EARL: Welcome to week two. I’ll keep this brief. This week we’re going to look at the time of Trajan and we’ll reduce our scale of analysis. Last week it was all about the Roman Mediterranean and the wider empire. This week it’s about the local port system of Portus, Ostia, and Rome. And also about connections further up the Tiber River. You’ll learn about trade and about the massive buildings from this period. And study some objects that magically let us date the archaeology to a single year. So on we go. Simon will kick off the week talking about the second century Roman world, and then we’ll look at Portus specifically. As ever, please post your comments and queries.
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Imperator Caesar Nerva Traianus Augustus, son of the deified Nerva, Conquer of Germany and Dacia, Tribune, Consul, Father of the Nation made a canal by which the floods of the Tiber which continually troubled the City were kept away
[Extra] References and sources
Pliny the Younger’s eye-witness account of the port of Centumcellae being constructed under Trajan: Pliny, Letters, VI.31.15-17
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