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The case for computational modelling of the Roman economy: a reply to Van Oyen

  • Tom Brughmans (a1) and Jeroen Poblome (a2)

We thank Astrid Van Oyen for a highly constructive and important discussion piece that will improve our own future work, as well as that of others. We wish to elaborate on one issue: that formalist approaches do not necessarily have inherently modernist theoretical assumptions.

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