Agents and commodities: a response to Brughmans and Poblome (2016) on modelling the Roman economy

@article{Oyen2017AgentsAC,
  title={Agents and commodities: a response to Brughmans and Poblome (2016) on modelling the Roman economy},
  author={Astrid van Oyen},
  journal={Antiquity},
  year={2017},
  volume={91},
  pages={1356-1363}
}
  • A. Oyen
  • Published 1 October 2017
  • History
  • Antiquity
This article responds directly to Brughmans and Poblome's (2016a) recent application of agent-based modelling to explore the relative integration of the Roman economy. The response will not only be of relevance to debates about the Roman economy, for it also asks critical questions about the use of formal modelling to interpret archaeological data. In posing open-ended questions rather than presenting definitive answers, it seeks to broaden and fuel discussion in a spirit of constructive… 
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