Environment and Society in Roman North Africa: Studies in History and Archaeology

Environment and Society in Roman North Africa: Studies in History and Archaeology

by Brent D. Shaw
     
 

ISBN-10: 0860784797

ISBN-13: 9780860784791

Pub. Date: 02/01/1995

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

The impact of a changing environment on human society and, conversely, the impact of man's activities upon the environment are important and contentious subjects today. Climatic and environmental change have also been credited with bringing about major shifts in human history. One such case is that of the decline of Roman North Africa and its conquest by the Arabs.

Overview

The impact of a changing environment on human society and, conversely, the impact of man's activities upon the environment are important and contentious subjects today. Climatic and environmental change have also been credited with bringing about major shifts in human history. One such case is that of the decline of Roman North Africa and its conquest by the Arabs. The evidence for this process is, however, far from clear-cut, and Professor Shaw's concern in these studies is firstly to re-examine what is known, from both archaeological and written sources, and how it has been interpreted, work which has led to some substantial revisions of accepted accounts. In the final three articles he turns to analyse how Roman society functioned on the edge of the desert and, in particular, to investigate the careful exploitation and control of critical water resources.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780860784791
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
02/01/1995
Series:
Collected Studies Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.82(w) x 5.91(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Archaeology and knowledge: the history of the African provinces of the Roman Empire; Climate, environment and prehistory in the Sahara; Climate, environment, and history: the case of Roman North Africa; The camel in Roman North Africa and the Sahara: history, biology, and human economy; Water and society in the ancient Maghrib: technology, property and development; Lamasba: an ancient irrigation community; The noblest monuments and the smallest things: wells, walls and aqueducts in the making of Roman Africa; Index.

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