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Transformations de la Gaule sous l’Empire romain : une culture de l’écrit au service de la production de masse

Mullen, Alex

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Authors

ALEX MULLEN Alex.Mullen@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Ancient History and Sociolinguistics



Contributors

M. Coltelloni-Trannoy
Editor

N. Moncunill Marti
Editor

Abstract

The rise of Rome brought with it the creation and spread of a culture of writing across Gaul. Another major transformation of the Roman period was the advent of mass production. These two developments coincided in the large potteries to produce local literate administrative practices used in their organization. The pottery of La Graufesenque produced a vast amount of samian ware in the first and second centuries AD. We consider the practicalities and personnel involved in running this operation and how the so-called firing lists may have been created and functioned. The lists are found in Latin, Gaulish and a mixture and reflect fluid societal bilingualism, though not necessarily individual bilingualism given the mechanical compilation processes that may have been employed in their creation. We look beyond the famous dossier from the Aveyron to note that the same types of administrative practices were apparently in use at several other potteries. These texts bear witness to the importance of production, trade and commerce in the spread and intermixing of languages and literacies.

Acceptance Date May 28, 2019
Publication Date 2023-03
Deposit Date Jul 23, 2019
Publicly Available Date May 30, 2023
Publisher Peeters
Series Title Orient & Méditerranée
Series Number 41
Book Title La culture de l'écrit en Méditerranée occidentale à travers les pratiques épigraphiques (Gaule, Ibérie, Afrique du Nord)
ISBN 9789042950429
Keywords La Graufesenque ; Roman Gaul ; bilingualism ; administration ; mass production ; graffiti ; terra sigillata
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/2333703
Related Public URLs https://www.peeters-leuven.be/detail.php?search_key=9789042950429&series_number_str=41&lang=en

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