Mapping Migration in Roman Iberia

Mapping Migration in Roman Iberia
24 July 2020, 5.30pm - 7.00pm

Claire Holleran, Exeter

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This paper will present the findings of a Leverhulme-funded project exploiting the rich body of epigraphic data from the Iberian Peninsula to explore population movement in the region in the first two centuries AD. The funerary monument of Gaius Camilius Paternus, for example, records his origins in Clunia in Tarraconensis, yet he died aged 25 almost 300 km away, at Capera in Lusitania (Hispania Epigraphica 21760), and was commemorated by a neighbourhood association of Clunians (vicinia Cluniensium). At the individual level, the information provided by such inscriptions is very specific, and subject to the habits of epigraphic recording and survival, but taken as a whole, the epigraphic data can illuminate patterns of movement and indicate quite how mobile – or static – the population really was. We do not know why Camilius Paternus was at Capera, or whether he had moved permanently, but we can see a mobile individual whose movement may have been facilitated by other Clunians. Working with a database of over 500 inscriptions, this project maps this and similar inscriptions in order to enable better visualisation and closer analysis of the epigraphic data. This paper will present this important new open-access resource, consisting of a searchable online database and an interactive map of population movement within (and beyond) the Iberian Peninsula, as well as setting out the methodology and some of the benefits and limitations of the approaches taken.


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