Time and Place: Thursday, 01.07., 16:00–17:00 – Room 3
Session: Poster Session – Networks and Agency
Keywords: Augusta Traiana; population studies; network research
The present proposal „The Population of Augusta Traiana: A Social Network Perspective” has as goal to provide an overview on the population of Augusta Traiana and its social networks during the Roman period. In more detailed terms, the presentation will dwell on the quantitative and qualitative data on the population of Augusta Traiana and its territory (up to the 3rd century AD), focusing on the networks which can be identified among the inhabitants, and this through the help of both traditional and new tools and methodologies. The sources on which the analysis is based are the Greek and Latin inscriptions coming from the area and published in the specific corpora or publications (IGB III.2, AE, SEG etc.).
Ulpia Augusta Traiana was at its origin a Thracian settlement, dated to the 6 th -5 th century BC, which previous to the Roman rule was named Beroe. The choice of this particular city is due to the fact that it was the second most important city in the province of Thrace, after Philippopolis, and due to the fact that its historical evolution as well as its location, gives ground to the existence of complex and dynamic relations among the population along the centuries.
From a historiographical perspective, prosopographical and population studies on Augusta Traiana and its territory have been written at a smaller scale, regarding for example specific individuals (Nikolov 1990, Camia 2013) or onomastic specificities (Dana 2013, Dana 2014, Dana 2016). In this context, the study of the population of Augusta Traiana has left room for more research, our intention being to provide a comprehensive outlook on it with the help of new methodologies. From a methodological point of view, the proposal implies the using of both the traditional (epigraphic investigation, prosopographical reconstructions) and the newest research methodologies (implying the use of the Romans 1 by 1 database, software such as Gephi for network analyses). By including these innovative tools for the management, analysis and visualisation of the data which come from inscriptions, traditional approaches will be enhanced by identifying specific patters or characteristics in social networks. Both the use of databases and Social Network Analyses have proven to be effective in this type of research. The corresponding epigraphic data will be ingested in the Romans 1 by 1 database, methodological step which will help with the further processing and analysis of the data. The database itself was created for filling in an existing gap in the study of Roman-era population and it tries to begin answering the need of properly cataloguing, in an open access manner, all attested inhabitants of the Roman Empire, following the principles of a population database (Mandemakers, Dillon 2004), not a sources aggregator. By applying SNA to Augusta Traiana’s dataset we intend to make the most of the prosopographical information, connecting the population beyond their nuclear family.
In what concerns the envisaged results, they regard not only the statistical data, but also the qualitative information on the population and its interconnectivity; we estimate that around 200 inscriptions will provide information on the population of Augusta Traiana, which in its turn will amount to around 300 individuals.
Overall, through these objectives the aim of this presentation will be to accurately reflect the dynamic of the population of Augusta Traiana over the centuries, representing a plaidoyer for the integration of new tools and methodologies in the study of the ancient world.
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