The Annual Disconnect: Seasonality and the Roman Empire

  • Greg Woolf, History, UCLA
    Buchanan D218, UBC

    Wednesday, March 8, 3-4:30pm
    in the series
    Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor
  • For twenty years Romanists have been among those exploring the idea of a connected Mediterranean, one bound together and even constituted by intense connectivity between the parts of a fragmented ecology. Flows of people and things have been presented as both a precondition and a consequence of political growth. Yet the Mediterranean was not constantly and equally connected. This paper explores some of the limitations of this paradigm focusing in particular on the challenges posed to a connected empire by seasonality, on the land and on the sea.

  • This Departmental Seminar has been organized by the Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies.

  • Greg Woolf is Ronald J. Mellor Distinguished Professor of Ancient History in the Departments of History and Classics at UCLA. Before moving to the US in 2021, he served as Director of the Institute of Classical Studies in the University of London and before that was Professor at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Before that he was educated and taught at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. His interests range across the economic, social and cultural history of the Roman world and his most recent book is The Life and Death of Ancient Cities: A Natural History. He has held visiting positions in Brazil, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. He is currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of Roman Archaeology. For more information on Greg Woolf, visit:


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March 8th, 2023 from  5:00 PM to  6:30 PM
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