Predation in Greek and Roman Antiquity: economy and politics

September 17, 2024 - September 19, 2024

Hôtel Dupanloup
1, rue Dupanloup
45000 Orléans


The conference aims to focus on predation as a structuring element of the economy and international relations in Greek and Roman Antiquity. Predation, one of the most obvious manifestations of which is piracy, has always been considered as an endemic phenomenon, but never as a systemic factor in ancient economy and geopolitics. The phenomenon of predation remains, for all periods, little studied by the economic science.

In this context, the purpose of this scientific event is to analyse the role of predation in the economy and politics of Greek and non-Greek societies, from the Hellenistic period (from the end of the fourth century BC) to the death of the Roman emperor Nero in 68 AD, a period known for the importance of piracy activities in the Mediterranean.

Three main themes will be addressed in an interdisciplinary way:

  • the geopolitics of predation
  • the economics of predation
  • the circulation of prestige goods.

In addition to a contextual and definitional approach to the phenomenon and its extension in time and space, the political background to predation needs to be analysed, taking into account the various ways in which it manifests itself: highly visible through activities such as piracy and looting, officially or unofficially encouraged by States, and almost indiscernible in activities such as tributary systems, the exchange of gifts or the establishment of political alliances and protectorates by those who engage in piracy. Predation was both a major cause of disorder and a structuring factor of the international relations in the ancient Mediterranean. Through a catalogue of archaeological, historical, numismatic traces of predation and an analysis of predatory mechanisms, based on case studies but also over a long period of time, this conference aims to offer new perspectives for reflection on a major phenomenon of Greek and Roman Antiquity. We need to grasp how objects circulated and altered economic balances in an international context marked by tributary or alliances systems, war and diplomatic relations between Greeks and non-Greeks.




Hotel Dupanloup


Hôtel Dupanloup : 1, rue Dupanloup - 45000 ORLEANS - FR

The conference venue is unique. Located right next to the Orléans’ cathedral, the episcopal palace of Orléans, built between 1635 and 1641, locally known as the Hôtel Dupanloup, is a classical French building which served until 1905 of residence to the bishops of Orléans.  Since 2014, the renewed palace hosts the International University Center for Research and Le Studium Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies.

Participants will be welcomed in this exceptional surrounding, blending Middle Age and Renaissance cultures with modern design and will have the opportunity to discover French cuisine and wines.

General Information

Congress Venue

 Hôtel Dupanloup, 1 rue Dupanloup

45000 Orléans, France


Tuesday, 17 September - Thursday, 19 September  2024


The official language of the Congress is English

Welcome pack and Name Badge

 Upon arrival you will receive a welcome pack that includes the printed material of the Conference and your name badge will be given to you at the reception . Please wear your name badge at all times during the Conference and to all official Conference events.

Invitation Letters
Invitation Letters

 An official letter of invitation facilitating the obtention of an entry visa can be sent upon request . In order to receive an invitation letter for visa purposes, send an email to Please note that : 
- we only issue an official letter once the payment of the registration fee has been validated.
- such letters do not represent a commitment on the part of the Organisers to provide any financial assistance.

Certificate of attendance

 After the conference, in order to receive a certficate of participation, send an email to


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How to get there ?

By train: 

* Orléans centre station
 1.5 hour trip from Paris (Austerlitz)

 * Les Aubrais station (4km from Orleans town centre)
Tramway A, 10 minutes trip to Orléans centre station


> Plan your trip by train:

By car:

GPS: 47.90243, 1.91179
Please note that you can't park in the courtyard in front of the Hotel Dupanloup.
Paid car parks nearby : 
Parking Cathédrale, Rue Saint-Pierre Lentin, 45000 Orléans
Parking Hôtel de Ville, 4 Rue Fernand Rabier, 45000 Orléans

 By plane:

*Arrival at Roissy Charles De Gaulle (CDG) airport
Take RER B in direction to Saint Rémy Les Chevreuse, step out at Gare du Nord Stop
Take Metro 5 in direction to Place d'Italie, step out at Gare d'Austerlitz Stop 

> Then take a train to Orléans (see "by train" section above)

*Arrival at Paris-Orly (ORY) airport: 
Take RER C from Pont de Rungis – Aéroport d’Orly in direction to Pontoise.
Step out at Gare d'Austerlitz Stop

> Then take a train to Orléans (see "by train" section above)  

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