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Type: Paper
Paper Title: PROSTITUTES, PIRATES, MERCENARIES, AND MERCHANTS: HOT, HOTTER, AND HOTTEST TRADE IN ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN FRANCE
Author: MICHAEL DIETLER (University of Chicago)   
Date/Time: Fri., 10:45 AM
Co-Author(s): MICHAEL DIETLER (University of Chicago) 
Abstract: Understanding the nature and location of agency in the colonial encounter in ancient Mediterranean France between the native Gauls and foreign intruders from the Eastern and Central Mediterranean (Etruscans, Greeks, and Romans) requires a close examination of the complex forms of trade and violence that were the main force of articulation and entanglement. This paper uses archaeological and textual data to explore the actions and interests of the small-scale merchants and pirates who plied the waters of southern France, as well as of the colonial city-states that tried to attract merchants and control piracy. It also examines the economic and social roles of prostitutes and mercenaries in the networks of relations that structured the colonial situation. Rejecting the analytical dichotomy of formal/informal economy, the paper seeks to demonstrate how colonial relations emerged out of the chaotic tangle of interests of state and non-state actors.

Program Number: 3-0220
Session Title: HOT TRADE: FRONTIERS AND FRICTION IN PAST ECONOMIES
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Fri., 8:00 AM-11:45 AM
Organizer(s): KATHRYN FRANKLIN (University of Chicago) 
Chair(s): SHANNON DAWDY (University of Chicago)  
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