‘Between Sahara & Sea: Africa in the Roman Empire’ – A Roundtable on David Mattingly’s new book.

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This new book by David Mattingly offers a refreshing, ground-breaking study that challenges orthodox views and proposes a new framework for understanding North Africa under the Roman Empire (first century BCE – third century CE). Focusing in particular on local contributions to the making of this region, the book charters a new path towards a bottom-up investigation of North African archaeology through a careful analysis of the material cultures of urban, rural, and military communities.

This roundtable will provide an opportunity to reflect on the themes covered by the book and its broader archaeological and historical implications. It will feature a series of presentations and responses by leading scholars and an open discussion with the audience.

Interventions by: Corisande Fenwick (UCL), David Mattingly (University of Leicester), Eva Mol (University of York), Josephine Quinn (University of Oxford)

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

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About the Speaker: 

David Mattingly is an archaeologist and historian of the Roman world. He is currently Professor of Roman Archaeology at the University of Leicester. Following his BA in History at the University of Manchester, David completed a PhD under the supervision of Professor Barri Jones. He was a British Academy Post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, Oxford (1986-1989), then Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, before coming to Leicester in December 1991 as a Lecturer. Promoted to Reader (1995) and Professor (1998), Prof Mattingly held a British Academy Research Readership award from 1999-2001, was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2003 and Member of the Academia Europaea in 2013. He was Director of Research for the College of Arts, Humanities and Law (2009-2012) and held a major research grant from the European Research Council (2011-2017) for the Trans-Sahara Project.

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