Thursday, September 08, 2011

The Oxford Roman Economy Project

The Oxford Roman Economy Project is organizing a two day conference on the economics of Roman art at The Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies on September 26-27, 2011.

The conference will bring together both ancient art historians and ancient economic historians. Rather than focusing on the practicalities of production in different media, it poses a broader question: what does the study of the economics of artistic production add to our understanding of both the Roman economy and Roman art history? Artistic production is not often discussed in this context but questions of patronage, consumption, craft organisation, production techniques and access to materials, and their changes over time, have much to contribute to this debate, particularly the question of economic growth.

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