Urban Space and Urban History in the Roman World: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Urban Space and Urban History in the Roman World

1st Edition

Edited by Miko Flohr


336 pages | 126 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367406226
pub: 2020-06-16
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This volume investigates how urban growth and prosperity transformed the cities of the Roman Mediterranean in the last centuries BCE and the first centuries CE, integrating debates about Roman urban space with discourse on Roman urban history.

The contributions explore how these cities developed landscapes full of civic memory and ritual, saw commercial priorities transforming the urban environment, and began to expand significantly beyond their wall circuits. These inter-related developments not only changed how cities looked and could be experienced, they also affected the functioning of the urban community, and together contributed to keeping increasingly complex urban communities socially cohesive. By focusing on the transformation of urban landscapes in Late Republican and Imperial period, the volume adds a new, explicitly historical angle to current debates about urban space in Roman studies. Confronting archaeological and historical approaches, the volume presents developments in Italy, Africa, Greece and Asia Minor, thus significantly broadening the geographical scope of the discussion, and offering novel theoretical perspectives alongside well-documented, thematic case studies.

Urban Space and Urban History in the Roman World will be of interest to anyone working on Roman urbanism, or Roman history in the Late Republic and early Empire.

Table of Contents

  1. From urban space to urban history – an introduction
  2. Miko Flohr


  3. Political space and the experience of citizenship in the city of Rome: architecture and interpellation
  4. Amy Russell

  5. Emotion and the city. The example of Pompeii
  6. Annette Haug

  7. Hilltops, heat and precipitation: Roman urban life and the natural environment
  8. Miko Flohr


  9. Topographical permeability and the dynamics of public space in Roman Minturnae
  10. Patric-Alexander Kreuz

  11. Antique statuary and urban identity in Roman Greece
  12. Chris Dickenson

  13. Women in the forum: the cases of Italy and Roman North Africa
  14. Cristina Murer

  15. Religion in the urban landscape: the special case of Rome
  16. Marlis Arnhold


  17. Sacred transactions: religion and markets in Roman urbanism.
  18. Elizabeth Fentress

  19. Fora and commerce in Roman Italy.
  20. Miko Flohr

  21. The archaeology of urban workshops in the Roman Maghreb
  22. Touatia Amraoui

  23. The ports of Roman Lycia: urbanism, networks and hierarchies
  24. Candace Rice


  25. Urban borderscapes in Roman Italy. Arenas for social, political and cultural interaction.
  26. Saskia Stevens

  27. The tabernae outside Porta Ercolano in Pompeii and their context
  28. Sandra Zanella

  29. Roman roads as an indicator of urban life: the Via Appia near Rome

Stephan T.A.M. Mols and Eric Moormann

About the Editor

Miko Flohr is Lecturer in Ancient History at Leiden University. His research focuses on the archaeology of urban economies in Roman Italy. He published a monograph on the world of the Roman fullo (2013), and co-edited volumes on Craftsmen and Traders in the Roman World (2016), and on the Economy of Pompeii (2017). He currently prepares a monograph on the urban history of the taberna and co-edits a Companion to Cities in the Greco-Roman world.

About the Series

Studies in Roman Space and Urbanism

Over the course of the last two decades the study of urban space in the Roman world has progressed rapidly with new analytical techniques, many drawn from other disciplines such as architecture and urban studies, being applied in the archaeological and literary study of Roman cities. These dynamically interdisciplinary approaches are at the centre of this series. The series includes both micro-level analyses of interior spaces as well as macro-level studies of Roman cities (and potentially also wider spatial landscapes outside the city walls). The series encourages collaboration and debate between specialists from a wide range of study beyond the core disciplines of ancient history, archaeology and Classics such as art history and architecture, geography and landscape studies, and urban studies. Ultimately the series provides a forum for scholars to explore new ideas about space in the Roman city.

For further information about contributing to the series please contact Amy Davis-Poynter at [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General