Spotlight Lecture

Portus: the Scale and Sophistication of Roman Mercantilism – Saturday 8 May

Saturday 8 May


With Dr. Eireann Marshall

In order to increase the efficiency of trading, the emperors Claudius and Trajan built Portus close to Ostia. Located on the doorstep of Rome’s Fiumicino airport, the famous hexagonal basin of Portus is visible from the air. The many channels, including the fossa traiani, which connected the port to the Tiber and to the city, are wonders of engineering, fossilised by the name Fiumicino. Currently being excavated by the University of Southampton, new discoveries are being made about the scale of the site, as well as functions of its various facilities.

In order to explore the magnitude of the trade carried out in the Roman empire and in order to gauge the sophistication of its economy, it is essential to understand the role played by this port.

Spotlight Lecture

Lasting 60 minutes plus a live Q&A session, our spotlight lecture offer a focussed study of aspects found in art, history and literature while combining our exclusive filming, advanced visual aids and the enthusiastic expertise of our lecturers.

Your Lecturer

Dr Eireann Marshall

Dr Eireann Marshall is a Research Associate and Associate Lecturer with the Open University. She has published a number of articles on Ancient North Africa, and co-edited volumes on 'Death and Disease in the Ancient City' and ‘Women’s influence on Classical Civilisation’. Eireann has led many tours for specialist tour operators, to Italy and North Africa. In 2019 she was awarded Wanderlust Magazine's Top History & Culture Guide at its World Guide Awards.

Event Details

Date: 8 May 2021

Start time: 09:00 GMT

End time: 10:00 GMT

Venue: Zoom Lecture


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