Pecora consectari: transhumance in Roman Spain
IdentifiersPermanent link (URI): http://hdl.handle.net/10017/1142
The Swedish Institute of Rome
AffiliationUniversidad de Alcalá. Departamento de Historia y Filosofía. Unidad docente Historia I y Filosofía. Área de Historia Antigua
GÓMEZ-PANTOJA, Joaquín. "Pecora consectari: transhumance in Roman Spain". En: SANTILLO FRIZELL, Barbro (ed.). Pecus : man and animal in antiquity : proceedings of the conference at the Swedish Institute in Rome, September 9-12, 2002. Rome : The Swedish Institute, 2004. p. 94-102
Although ancient authorities mainly described Spain as a herdsmen's country and often praised the number and quality of her livestock, there are no reliable proofs of transhumance before the Visighotic period. Nevertheless, indirect evidence suggests that herds were mov- ing between seasonal grazing areas even during the time of the Roman conquest. Later on, several legal documents are better explained invok- ing the interest of cities and individuals in controlling alternative pas- ture lands, and some migratory patterns seem to conform nicely with traditional transhumance's areas and with the routes linking them.