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The urban and civic demarcation introduced by Rome in the Ulterior-Baetica province transformed the traditional relations between communities on that area and its hydric resources. Several aspects of the new organization required an active reorganization, from the ancestral way, in the collection, administration and use of water resources.
From this point, the initial premise for the preparation of this congress consider that the studies of ancient Roman water management in Baetica, from the perspective of the municipal demarcation and the needs of the communities, hasn’t been tackled yet. The results of this investigation will offer new perspectives for the comprehension of those societies.
An important matter in our approach is also the contribution of this congress to the configuration of the so called “Water Culture”, a need of our actual societies related to the require of a better management, treatment and use of hydric resources in which the historic knowledge plays an important role. The research on water management in Baetica constitute a significant source of transfer of results of the investigation, particularly when it is tackled from a multidisciplinary work, as it is pretended in this case, with specialists in historic and environmental studies.
From this premises, the purpose of this congress is the presentation of the results of the integral studies on the water administration in Baetica’s municipalities, the analysis of water use related with productive activities, and the inquiry of water’s socio-cultural role. Other related purposes are: systematization and revision of literary, epigraphic and archaeological information; improve knowledge of the rational use of water in certain productive systems of that period; and the analysis of the civic role of water.
The geo-politic framework where is inserted the province of Baetica -the west of the roman empire- configures, without doubt, the historic space of reference where the keys for the comprehension of the phenomenon of relation between roman culture, water and its projection on Hispanic communities are.
 Scientific Commitee


   Prof. Dr. D. José María Blázquez Martínez, Catedrático Emérito de Historia Antigua y Académico de Número de la Real Academia de la Historia.

   Prof. Dr. D. Francisco Javier Lomas Salmonte, Catedrático de Historia Antigua, Universidad de Cádiz.

   Prof. Dr. D. Philippe Leveau, Catedrático Emérito de Historia Antigua, Université de Provence.

   Prof. Dr. D. Cristóbal González Román, Catedrático de Historia Antigua, Universidad de Granada.

   Prof. Dr. D. Francisco Beltrán Lloris, Titular de Historia Antigua, Universidad de Zaragoza.


Organizing Commitee


   Prof. Dr. D. Lázaro Lagóstena Barrios, Área de Historia Antigua, Universidad de Cádiz.

   Prof. Dr. D. José Luis Cañizar Palacios, Área de Historia Antigua, Universidad de Cádiz.

   Prof. Dr. D. Luis Pons Pujol, Área de Historia Antigua, Universidad de Cádiz.



Monday, 9th of November
9.30 – 10.30 Reception of members of the congress and delivery of documentation.
10.30 – 11.00 Act of aperture. Academic Authorities speeches.
11.00 – 12.00 Guest Paper. Prof. Dr. D. Philippe Leveau (University of Provence). Les aqueducs romains et la «gouvernance» de l’eau.
12.00 – 14.00 Papers presentation.
14.00 – 17.00 Lunch.
17.00 – 18.00 Guest Paper. Prof. Dr. D. Francisco Beltrán Lloris (University of Zaragoza). El agua y las relaciones intercomunitarias en la Tarraconense.
18.00 – 20.00 Papers presentation.
Tuesday, 10th of November
9.30 – 10.30 Guest Paper. Prof. Dr. D. Cristóbal González Román (University of Granada). El agua en las ciudades de la Bética: organización y funciones.
10.30 – 11.00 Pause-Coffee.
11.00 – 13.00 Papers presentation.
13.00 – 15.00 Lunch.
15.00 – 21.00 Guided trip to Sierra Aznar Site (Arcos de la Frontera).
Wednesday, 11th of November
9.30 – 10.30 Guest Paper. Prof. Dra. Anna Domizia Bianco (Università di Torino). Polisemia e polimorfismo della cura aquarum tra repubblica e impero.
10.30 – 11.00 Pause-Coffee.
11.00 – 13.00 Papers presentation.
13.00 – 14.00 Guest Paper. Prof. Dr. D. Lázaro Lagóstena Barrios (Universitiy of Cádiz). Estudiar el agua en la Antigüedad: una metodología para su investigación en el marco de la Bética romana.
14.00 – 14.30 Closing Paper. Prof. Dr. D. José María Blázquez (Royal Academy of History).
- Thematic
Every unprecedented aspect about collection, use and administration of water in municipalities and cities of the roman Baetica, as well as its links with Hispania and the rest of roman occident.
Priority to proposes which present unprecedented elements or innovations in other aspects of the investigation.
- Selection
Initially it is foreseen 30 oral papers.
The Organizing Committee will select those papers which fit better with the subject.
- Specifications
Extension: 15 pages maximum with Times New Roman type, inter space 1,5, with no more than 10 illustrations.
- Exposition
20 minutes intervention and final discussion after each paper block.
- Deadline
The 30th of September of 2009 it is established as deadline for reception of proposes of papers with their respective summaries (1 page in Times New Roman at space 1,5, indicating name and institution of the authors)
Registration trough the Inscription Form available in this page (.doc or PDF) must be sent by e-mail to  before 30th of October 2009.
Registration fee:
Basic fee (documentation and activities of the congress, without proceedings): 40€
Full fee (documentation, activities and proceedings): 100€
To formalize the registration will be necessary to send the proof of payment to the Technical Secretary of the Congress, by e-mail, fax or post mail.
C/C: 0049 4870 8529 1609 2739
Banco Santander Central Hispano
Oficina de Calle Columela, 13 duplicado
11001 Cádiz
For international bank transfers:
IBAN: ES48 0049 4870 8529 1609 2739
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The Organization recommends the following accommodations places close to the Filosofía y Letras Faculty of the University of Cádiz, where the congress will take place.


- - Hotel Regio *** 2 km. from venue.


- - Hotel Las Cortes de Cádiz ***  400 m. from venue.


- - Hotel de Francia y París ***  400 m. from venue.


- - Hotel SPA Cádiz Plaza ***  4 km. from venue.


- - Hotel SPA Senator ****  800 m. from venue.


- - Hotel Barceló Cádiz ****  3 km. from venue.


- - Hotel Playa Victoria ****  4 km. from venue. 

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