• Networks, Agent-Based Models and the Antonine Itineraries: Implications for Roman Archaeology

    Author(s):
    Shawn Graham (see profile)
    Date:
    2006
    Group(s):
    Archaeology, Digital Humanists
    Subject(s):
    Digital humanities
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    agent-based modeling, archaeology, landscape, network studies
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6VG8R
    Abstract:
    This paper presents a way of looking at Roman space from a Roman perspective, and suggests ways in which this point of view might open up new approaches in Roman archaeology. It turns on one conception of Roman space in particular, preserved for us in the Antonine Itineraries. Working from a position that considers the context of the itineraries as movement-through-space, this paper presents an investigation using social network analysis and agent-based simulation to re-animate the itineraries. The itineraries for Iberia, Gaul, Italy, and Britain are considered. The results of the social network analysis suggest structural differences in the way that the itineraries presented space to the reader/traveler. The results of the simulation of information diffusion through these regions following the routes in the itineraries suggest ways that this conception of space affected the cultural and material development of these regions. Suggestions for extending the basic model for more complicated archaeological analyses are presented.
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