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The Roman transport network: a precedent for the integration of the European mobility

The Roman transport network: a precedent for the integration of the European mobility
The Roman transport network: a precedent for the integration of the European mobility
In the last years, the use of geographical information systems has been common in many historical and geographical studies. Perhaps one of the least known applications is network analysis, a series of functions related to hydrology and mobility. Since 1994, researchers have used network analyses to understand costs and time expenditure in transportation in Roman times, with the aim of modeling commercial routes. Archaeological objects were employed to confirm those commercial distributions whose quantities were related basically to transport costs. The present articles go far beyond and attempt to understand decisions in building a transport network based on time series. It seems that not all Roman decisions in transport infrastructure were due to economic reasons; some parts of Roman roads were built basically for political reasons and affected later developments.
costs, gis, network analyses, roads, roman, time series, transport
0161-5440
117-133
Carreras, C.
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De Soto, P.
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Carreras, C.
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De Soto, P.
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Carreras, C. and De Soto, P. (2013) The Roman transport network: a precedent for the integration of the European mobility. Historical Methods A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History, 46 (3), 117-133. (doi:10.1080/01615440.2013.803403).

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In the last years, the use of geographical information systems has been common in many historical and geographical studies. Perhaps one of the least known applications is network analysis, a series of functions related to hydrology and mobility. Since 1994, researchers have used network analyses to understand costs and time expenditure in transportation in Roman times, with the aim of modeling commercial routes. Archaeological objects were employed to confirm those commercial distributions whose quantities were related basically to transport costs. The present articles go far beyond and attempt to understand decisions in building a transport network based on time series. It seems that not all Roman decisions in transport infrastructure were due to economic reasons; some parts of Roman roads were built basically for political reasons and affected later developments.

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Published date: July 2013
Keywords: costs, gis, network analyses, roads, roman, time series, transport
Organisations: Faculty of Humanities

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Local EPrints ID: 362585
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/362585
ISSN: 0161-5440
PURE UUID: 6767ecee-aa40-4ff1-b42f-0193520c67e0

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Last modified: 12 Jul 2017 16:32

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Author: C. Carreras
Author: P. De Soto

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