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SIGNALLING WEAKNESS AND CRISIS IN THE WESTERN
CITIES OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE (I-III AD)

Purposes

Either through some decrees from the Flavian era, the comments of Pliny the Younger on the financial problems of some cities or different notices in the Historia Augusta reporting the existence of oppida labentia –“cities in decline”– at the end of the 2nd century AD, we know that the urban network of the Roman Empire could be subject to weakness and crisis. In this workshop, we seek to discuss some of these issues through the following questions: was the municipal system, at least in the Roman West, a useful and sustainable model of managing local autonomy? Was it a durable system? Were new cities more fragile than others in terms of financial sustainability? What were the causes and the indicators signalling the lack of strength of many urban centres from the 2nd century AD onwards?

 

When and Where?
 

Pamplona
Santa Criz de Eslava
Los Bañales de Uncastillo

From the 9th to the 11th
of November, 2017

 

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