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Yes, with the Roman cities proper specializing in living off the Empire, the collapse of the Empire in the Western Med hit Roman Italy hard.

Iberia was rather being lived off of, that's why I put Trans-Alpine Gaul halfway between the Britons and Iberia rather than halfway between the Britons and Italy ... as a matter of social as well as physical geography.

But I certainly aint no ancient historian.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Tue Sep 25th, 2007 at 06:13:28 PM EST
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I found this:

Tarraconesis (Hispania)

By the end of the third century after Christ, the emperor Diocletian made the final reorganization of Spain under Roman rule. He divided the province of Tarraconensis into three additional provinces: Cartaginensis, Gallaetia, and Tarraconensis. During this period trade began to decline. The gold and silver had been drained from the eastern coast, and the government responded by attempting to regulate wages and prices. Individuals were deprived of the freedom of movement and the right to change their occupations.

...but couldn't find any figures for Hispanian city populations after the fall of the Roman Empire (looked specifically for Tarragona/Tarraco and Barcelona/Barcino)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Sep 25th, 2007 at 07:07:01 PM EST
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