Monday, June 19, 2023

PATRIMONIVM: Geography and Economy of the Imperial Properties in the Roman World

 [First posted in AWOL 11 July 2018, updated 19 June 2023]

PATRIMONIVM: Geography and Economy of the Imperial Properties in the Roman World

PATRIMONIVM is a scientific research initiative funded by the European Research Council (ERC-StG 716375) for the period 2017-2022. The project is hosted by the Ausonius Institute at the Bordeaux Montaigne University and it is coordinated by Dr. Alberto Dalla Rosa. It aims at conducting the first comprehensive and multidisciplinary study of the political, social and economic role of the properties of the Roman emperors from Octavian/Augustus to Diocletian (44 BC – AD 284) using a complete documentary base for the entire Roman world.

This website is still under construction and new content will be added regularly as the project progresses.

We are glad to announce that the first phase of the project is complete! This website serves now as gateway to accessing ancient documentation concerning the imperial properties during the High Roman Empire. The Atlas Patrimonii Caesaris contains thousands of texts (literary, epigraphic and papyrological), commentaries, bibliographical references and a prosopographical index of all persons related to the patrimonium Caesaris (imperial slaves, freedmen, equestrian administrators, contractors). We hope that this new tool will help to renew our understanding of the economic and social role of the imperial properties at local and global level, and to ultimately show to what extent the patrimonium Caesaris was one of the pillars of the imperial regime founded by Augustus.

After the completion of the project, the PATRIMONIVM website will also give access to detailed studies concerning single sources or particular themes and, obviously, to all the publications of the project, which will be available in full text under an Open Access license and in HTML format. These will consist of conference proceedings, a sourcebook and an authoritative History of the Imperial Properties in the Roman World, exploring numerous aspects of the geography, the economy and the organization of the patrimonium Caesaris.

A series of five thematic workshops have been take place between October 2017 and March 2019 and have provided the occasion to reconsider some key methodological issues and the most important documents, like the inscription of the Bagradas Valley (Africa proconsularis) or the statute of the mines of Vipasca (Lusitania). Future events are announced in the News section, where you can also fund the programme of the various workshops.

PATRIMONIVM is also committed to Open Access for research data and to the use of Linked Open Data (LOD). PATRIMONIVM has financed and co-organized the LinkedPasts5 conference, which took place in Bordeaux in December 2019.


Atlas patrimonii Caesaris now online!

Beta version of the APC is now available. It currently features 4962 documents, 8227 people and 4735 places.

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