Ancient Maritime Dynamics - 2017

Dr Matthew Harpster

The Ancient Maritime Dynamics (AMD) program is a suite of investigations that are refining the use and application of maritime archaeological data to reconstruct the life of the Mediterranean maritime community in antiquity. Whereas other components of AMD are comparing our archaeological narrative of maritime life to terrestrial corpora or the historical trajectories of Aegean port cities, the Textual and Archaeological maria of the Mediterranean project gauges the relationship between two geographies of the eastern Mediterranean basin. By using the increasing scope and agency of maritime archaeological data to build models of maritime activity in the eastern Mediterranean, these models may be superimposed upon geographies of the sea proposed by writers from the Hellenistic, Roman, and early-Byzantine eras to gauge their similarities or differences.

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