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Production in the Late Antique City: Innovation, Technique, and Technology

Lecture by Visiting Professor Elizabeth Murphy (Florida State University). Lecture 4/5 in the lecture series "Socially Re-Constructing the Late Roman City: Labor, Networks, Economy, and Narratives of Urban 'Decline'".

Info about event


Tuesday 3 November 2020,  at 13:00 - 14:00


Online via Zoom


UrbNet, Centre for Urban Network Evolutions

N.B. the last lectures in this series will be virtual due to the Covid-19 situation. 


The lecture will be livestreamed using Zoom. If you wish to participate, please sign up by contacting Centre administrator Christina Levisen at levisen@cas.au.dk to get the necessary ID and password - please provide your full name and affiliation. Please turn off your camera and microphone when you are joining in on Zoom.

Registration deadline: 02 November 12:00.

The ID and password will be used for the entire lecture series so it is only necessary to sign up once.


The everyday industries and crafts of Late Antiquity have often been defined by poorer technical execution and new regional styles with less extensive spatial distribution patterns. This has been argued to be a response to the breakdown of large-scale, long-distance trade networks. This lecture will investigate these local industries through the techniques and technologies of production, and will attempt to situate the technological choices employed at these workshops by analyzing elements of tradition and innovation in the chaîne opératoire.