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Symploke and complexio

Entangling and Dis-Entangling the Networks of the Roman Empire of the East in the Early Medieval World, Fourth-Ninth Century CE

Johannes Preiser-Kapeller    Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna    

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abstract

The paper synthesises and develops further several attempts to model aspects of the complexity of the infrastructure and administrative organization of the Roman Empire between the 4th and 8th century CE based on evidence from historiography, historical geography, sigillography and archaeology. It provides a short introduction into concepts and analytical tools of network theory. Furthermore, the paper combines this approach with a visualization of the spatial range of Roman power and maps based on mobility and perceptions of contemporaries. Thereby, the already successful integration of the “relational turn” to Byzantine studies shall be demonstrated.

Published
Aug. 22, 2022
Accepted
Feb. 2, 2022
Submitted
Dec. 21, 2021
Language
EN
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-590-2

Keywords: Roman administrationComplexity theoryLate AntiquityEarly Medieval MediterraneanRoman infrastructureLate antiquityNetwork analysis

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