University of Denver, Sturm Hall, Room 453 (4th floor)
2000 East Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
Lecturer: Sarah James
Recent finds in underwater archaeology combined with evidence from terrestrial excavations offer a fascinating reconstruction of trade networks through the Mediterranean from the 4th-1st c. BC. The importance of sea trade in the ancient world cannot be underestimated and as the volume of goods moving through the region grew so did piracy. This talk challenges the notion that pirates and piracy were always a negative aspect of the Classical world and suggests how accusations of piracy were a powerful political tool of Roman expansion.