Travel and the Roman Empire

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Travel and the Roman Empire

APA - Seattle 2013

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Date limite : 1er février 2012

 

 


Organizer: Josephine Shaya, The College of Wooster

This panel examines the Roman Empire on the move. It invites papers that explore the cultural history of travel within the Roman Empire and between Rome and the wider ancient world. The Roman Empire, like all empires, depended on the movement of people and information. Governors, generals, soldiers, merchants, performers, and many more traversed its roads and sea lanes. Travel was central to the idea of the Roman Empire. In Aristides' vision of Rome “every man could go where he wished without fear” (Or. XXXVI 100--2). Likewise, travel was essential to the Roman imagination. From the wanderings of Aeneas to Augustine's inner wandering, it is a great theme in Roman literature, one that is closely tied to social and political realities.

A wide body of literature has explored the physical and social workings of travel and its robust infrastructures (Casson 1974, Chevallier 1976, Lawrence 1999, Adams and Lawrence 2001, Matthews 2006). Others have investigated broader cultural resonances associated with travel. Works on Roman representations of space have focused on maps and geographic treatises as instruments of Roman imperialism (Nicolet 1991). Studies of geographic literature have shown how accounts of the edges of empire catered to an appetite for the marvelous (Romm 1992). Others have explored travel, ideas of otherness and the exotic in light of questions of identity and the representation of distant lands (Hartog 2001, Parker 2008).

The intersection of travel and religion has been the focus of important work, particularly in regards to pilgrimage, traveling cult founders, and holy men (Elsner and Coleman 1995; Frankfurter 1998; Elsner and Rutherford 2005; Harland 2011). Travel writing, especially that of Pausanias, has been studied with an eye to the relationship between travel and narrative and the role of memory in the construction of a sacred--historical landscape (Alcock, Cherry and Elsner 2001; Hutton 2005).

This panel invites applications for papers that explore the cultural history of travel in the Roman Empire. We interpret travel broadly, to encompass voyages, trade, occupational travel, conquest, exploration, immigration, diaspora, exile, pilgrimage, as well as spiritual wandering, and travel to the other world. To focus the panel, we look for papers that foreground texts and/or images. What images and ideas of travel, travellers, and means of travel circulated in the Roman world? What visions of travel did they present and what kinds of responses did they inspire? How did the realities of travel influence such representations? What role did such representations play in the making of the empire? We welcome papers from every discipline and encourage those who use an interdisciplinary approach or draw on cross--‐cultural methods and theory.

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