GIS in the study of spreading processes of ancient religions

Adam Mertel, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University (Czech Republic),  Tomáš Glomb, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University (Czech Republic)

Abstract:

Historical sources provide us only a fragmentary testimony, so the reconstruction of many historical processes remains problematic. Also, some long-term historical processes are, due to their gradual nature, very difficult to recognize from the perspective of “event history”. The interdisciplinary project GEHIR (http://gehir.phil.muni.cz) at Masaryk university strives to adopt innovative methods used in the study of the dynamics of complex systems to the historiography of ancient Graeco-Roman religions. One of the possible group of methods provide Geographic Information Science. GIS could help both with the visualisation and with analyses and modelling. The outputs could help to better understand relations among factors that affected studied religions and their spread.

 

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