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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1516: The Annona, Charity, and the Materiality of Markets in Late Antiquity, I

Thursday 7 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Gregor Kalas, College of Architecture & Design, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Moderator/Chair:Michele R. Salzman, Department of History, University of California, Riverside
Paper 1516-aThe Economies of Giving?: Methods, Models, and Material Cultures of Charitable Consumption
(Language: English)
Victor Martínez, Department of Art History, Arkansas State University
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Daily Life, Economics - Urban
Paper 1516-bFeed the Masses: Some Thoughts on Food Distribution in Late Antiquity and Beyond
(Language: English)
Monica Hellström, Department of Classics & Ancient History, Durham University
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Architecture - Secular
Paper 1516-cThe Changing Landscape of Rome's Tiber Markets in Late Antiquity
(Language: English)
Simon Malmberg, Institutionen för Arkeologi och antik historia, Uppsala Universitet
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Economics - Trade

The panel focuses on the late antique sponsors of food distribution by examining those who set up inscriptions or sought other honors as the donors of civic charity. The session focuses on the officials who managed public assistance, including the prefects of Rome, the lay benefactors of Christian charity, and the prefects of the annona, the ancient food dole that underwent important post-classical transformations and the laws concerning these changes. Physical evidence will feature prominently with discussions analyzing public inscriptions, urban markets as spaces of civic euergetism, and the reuse of ancient buildings as diaconiae or Christian charity centers.