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Ancient Supply Chains

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Kevin O'Gorman

on 13 October 2016

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Transcript of Ancient Supply Chains

Three Examples from Historical Economies:
Grain Tax-Code 374BC, Pompeii 79AD,
& Bazaars c.1500AD

Bazaar of Isfahan 1500 AD onwards
The 'Built Environment' as Data
Strategy for (Ancient )Supply Chains
Professor Kevin O'Gorman
Grain Tax-Code 374BC
Monuments & Inscriptions

Some Dissertation thoughts:
Rhetorical Issues, Language & Research
Use of ‘authorial voice’
First Person Pronouns should we use them, I do!
Translation issues
How is language
used in research?
“... translated texts tend to speak more of the translator than of their original message. It is not too difficult to render texts written in a dead language as literally as possible and to suggest to the outsider, through the use of quaint and stilted locutions, the alleged awkwardness and archaism of a remote period A step nearer to the realization of the legitimate desire to make the texts ‘speak for themselves’ with a critical discussion of the literary, stylistic, and emotional setting of each translated piece” (Oppenheim 1977:3).
How to translate
Pompeii 79AD
Archaeological Sites

Eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD
10,000 Population
Over 170 Commercial Hospitality Establishments
Clustering of Caravanserais in Esfahan Iran
Built Environment As Text
The built environment is used as a text by reflecting and analysing the cityscape; the cityscape is “a story people tell themselves about themselves.” Geertz (1977: 448)
Historical Architecture
Social Architecture
Identify the architect, analyze the work, and put the architect's work into the larger context of his time and region
The built environment reflects the social system of the time and the ways in which that system is expressed, reproduced, and experienced and therefore reflects the structure of urban life
Can everything come down to the beliefs of the researcher?
Is your opinion absolute?

Benedict XVI (2005:2) “we are building a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one’s own ego and desires.”
A Warning...
“search for him in some big bar. There he will be, lying next a cut-throat, in the company of sailors, thieves, and runaway slaves, beside hangmen and coffin-makers, or beside a passed out priest:

This is liberty hall,
one cup serves for all,
no one has a bed to himself,
nor a table apart from the rest.”
(Juvenal, Satires 8:168f)
What does this example teach us about supply chains?
“Modern societies have reached a position where not only are they forced to reflect on themselves but also they have the capability of reflecting back on themselves” Hall (2004:140)

Personal bias – influence on the research process
Personal bias – influence on the writing process

These types of bias may exist within qualitative research – they must be controlled for where possible and at the very least acknowledged in your methodology
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