Amsterdam University Press
How Things Make History
Title
How Things Make History
Subtitle
The Roman Empire and its terra sigillata Pottery
Price
€ 89,00
ISBN
9789462980549
Binding
Hardback
Number of pages
184
Publication date
Dimensions
29.7 x 21 cm
Category
Antiquity
Discipline
History

Reviews

"As a Roman pottery specialist, I found this volume to be a very welcome study opening up new approaches to the analysis of ancient ceramics, or material culture in general. The non-specialist, or non-theoretical archaeologist, will need to concentrate to appreciate the complex ideas contained within the text, but it is worth the effort." - Victoria Leitch, University of Leicester, Journal of Roman Studies, 108 (2018)

"This study constitutes a highly theoretical, conceptual and, at the same time, detailed technical study of sigillata for the 21st century." - Martha W. Baldwin Bowsky, University of the Pacific, CA in Ancient West & East Volume 16, 2017

Astrid van Oyen

How Things Make History

The Roman Empire and its terra sigillata Pottery

Bright red terra sigillata pots dating to the first three centuries CE can be found throughout the Western Roman provinces. The pots' widespread distribution and recognisability make them key evidence in the effort to reconstruct the Roman Empire's economy and society. Drawing on recent ideas in material culture, this book asks a radically new question: what was it about the pots themselves that allowed them to travel so widely and be integrated so quickly into a range of contexts and practices? To answer this question, Van Oyen offers a fresh analysis in which objects are no longer passive props, but rather they actively shape historical trajectories.

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Author

Astrid van Oyen

Astrid Van Oyen is Assistant Professor of Classical Archaeology at Cornell University. Her interests concern the archaeology and history of Roman Italy and the Western Provinces, with a focus on empire and imperialism, materiality, and socio-economics. She has written about post-colonialism, networks, Roman villas, and city-countryside relations. She is the PI of the Marzuolo Archaeological Project (MAP), investigating dynamics of rural innovation in Roman Italy.