Economy and Trade in the Mediterranean Iron Age
The course aims to provide an overview on Mediterranean interaction during the Iron Age by concentrating on trade contacts and economic relations, visible in the material culture of various Mediterranean regions. The focus will be twofold: on the material culture used by scholars for reconstructing trade and on the different models and economic theories employed to understand trade. The course lectures (and seminars) will be organised according to different themes (eg. trade and religion, textual and historical sources on trade, coinage, trade and the city etc), and will concern a selection of cultural regions (rather than the whole Mediterranean basin).