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Okay, one more time early colonisation! The Bermuda triangle between archaeological, historical and literary-ideological approaches of the phenomenon

Peter Attema

The paper discusses the substantial body of publications that resulted from the important international congress on early colonisation in the Mediterranean held in Rome in 2012, i.e. Conceptualising early Colonisation (2016), Contexts of early Colonisation (2016), and the internet publication Contextualising early Colonisation (2016) on Forum Romanum Belgicum. In particular, it deals with the problematic nature of the concept of early colonization in the light of the increasing body of archaeological knowledge on trade and interaction along the Mediterranean coasts in the period preceding the historical Greek colonization of the Archaic and Classical periods. The period of early interaction appears to be substantially longer and more variegated than perceived in traditional scholarship and therefore warrants a revision within a longer term perspective that includes Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Mediterranean connectivity.

Empire of doppelgängers? Contextualizing the de-individualization and abstraction in the coin portraits of Diocletian and Constantine

Sven Betjes

The reigns of Diocletian and Constantine are characterized by ruler portraits that to an increasing extent left out individual traits, showing instead a rather abstract image of the emperor that would prove to be of lasting impact. This article provides context to these changes by looking at their impact as well as the way these portraits were anchored in previous practice. It shows that even though these portraits clearly broke with those of previous emperors, the transformations built upon tendencies that had started long before the early fourth century, and were the consequence of an increasing emphasis on the position of the emperor rather than on his individual traits.

Romeinse materiële cultuur als anchor voor vroegchristelijke initiatie

Pim Schievink

One of the reasons why Christianity grew during the fourth century AD was, besides the legalisation, the successful anchoring of Christian rituals in the existing Roman conceptual world. In this introductory article to the possibilities of the application of the framework anchoring innovation, I focus on Roman material anchors for Christian initiation rituals. The clergy chose, from the institutionalisation of Christianity during the fourth century, to appropriate the existing architecture of mausoleums for Christian baptisteries. With a small adaption from round to octagonal, the architecture of the baptistery and Christian symbolism came together and strengthened the ritual of baptism that happened inside.

Hutstructuren in Centraal-Italië. De complexe studie van een ‘simpele’ constructie

Remco Bronkhorst

The term ‘hut’ carries a number of simplistic connotations that have hindered an unbiased study. Huts are generally seen as primitive, isolated and uniform; a highly subjective view largely resulting from our (modern) comparative perception of (elaborate) houses. Archaeologists tend to treat huts as isolated structures as there is often only secondary evidence for spatial relations. The traditional reconstruction of a nuclear family living in a single structure is a textbook example of this. By combining evidence from different settlements in Central Italy and incorporating ethnographic studies, a much more fluid perspective is advocated. Well-excavated huts at Satricum, Fidenae, Ficana and Cures Sabini suggest that facilities were shared and that life was not restricted to a single structure, a view that finds support in ethnographic models.


The Collapse of the Mycenaean Economy.
Imports, Trade, and Institutions. 1300-700 BCE

Corien W. Wiersma

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Chariots in Ancient Egypt. The Tano Chariot, a Case Study

Jorrit Kelder

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The Rise of Rome From the Iron Age to the Punic Wars

Remco Bronkhorst

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The Routledge Handbook of Diet and Nutrition in the Roman World

Merit Hondelink

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Site Sound. Using acoustics to analyse Mount Lykaion’s ancient sanctuary to Zeus

Pamela Jordan

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Grieks muntgeld: een heterogene innovatie

Elon Heymans

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Coining Roman rule? The emergence of coinage as money in the Roman world

Marleen Termeer

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Connecting the Greeks Multi-scalar festival networks in the Greek and Roman world

Onno van Nijf (Principal Investigator); Christina Williamson (Supervisor and Postdoc); Adam Wiznura, Tom Britton, and Robin van Vliet (PhD Candidates)

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Varkens in veranderende tijden. Varkenshouderij in de Late Bronstijd en Vroege IJzertijd in Anatolië en Griekenland

Francesca G. Slim

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