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Title: The 2nd century AD crisis in Altinum (Venetia, Northern Italy) : A mixture of historiographical determinism and archaeological scarcity ?
Authors: Danckers, Jonas # ×
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Archaeologisch Instituut
Series Title: Babesch: Bulletin Antieke Beschaving vol:86 pages:139-160
Abstract: Traditionally, the 2nd century AD in Roman Altinum (Northern Italy) has been described as a period of crisis. As a similar ‘commercial and agricultural’ setback has earlier been proposed for the whole Italian peninsula in general, this article evaluates the epistemological basis of this local variant. A historiographical research firstly contextualises the origins of the classical pan-Italic crisis idea. Starting from critiques on this influential concept,a new archaeological methodology for tracing a crisis in antiquity is proposed. Applying this approach to Altinum and the Venetia region, it can be argued that the alleged ‘2nd-century AD crisis’ for the town was not a reality but rather a mixture of historiographical determinism and archaeological scarcity.
ISSN: 0165-9367
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Archaeology, Leuven
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