The Department of Political Science at Amherst College, with support from the Lamont Fund, presents
"A Voice From the Past: Extracting Resources and fetching Water in the Roman World."
Associate Professor of Classics and William R. Kenan Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Romans became rightly famous for their massive buildings and roads. The Colosseum, the Baths of Caracalla (after which Penn Station in New York is modeled), more than 80,000 miles of paved roads and hundreds of bridges and aqueducts are well-known landmarks of Roman civilization and bear witness to their organization and resourcefulness. How did they extract the necessary resources? Did their interventions alter the landscape of towns and provinces? Who gained by these enterprises? Was there any opposition to such an interventionist approach?