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Urbanizing environments in the Roman World: Italy and Beyond

June 12, 2015 @ 09:30 - 18:00


This one-day colloquium brings together ten scholars investigating the changes brought about by the increasing urbanization of the Italian peninsula and the Roman world in the last centuries BCE and the first centuries CE, both within cities, and on the countryside.

The morning session focuses on the view from the countryside, and on the issue of colonization, including papers by  Laurens E. Tacoma, Marleen Termeer, Tesse Stek and Gijs Tol and Tymon de Haas. A session focusing on urban landscapes follows lunch, with papers by Frank Vermeulen, Miko Flohr, Hanna Stöger and Saskia Stevens. A third session will place Roman Italy in context by discussing developments elsewhere in the Roman world, with papers by Rinse Willet and Matthew Hobson.

Attendance is free, but in order for us to be able to plan numbers, please register via m.flohr@hum.leidenuniv.nl.



09:30 – 10:00  Coffee

10:00 – 10:15  Introduction to the conference and its theme (Miko Flohr)


Session 1:  Urbanization and the countryside
Chair: Rinse Willet.

10:15 – 10:45 Emperor, City and Countryside: the view from Hispellum (Laurens E. Tacoma – Leiden University, Institute for History)

10:45 – 11:15  The impact of Mid Republican colonization beyond the city: changes in networks of production and exchange (Marleen Termeer – Leiden University, Faculty of Archaeology)

11:15 – 11:30  Coffee break

11:30 – 12:00 Secondary settlements and primary questions: the role of villages in the making of Roman Italy (Tesse Stek – Leiden University, Faculty of Archaeology)

12:00 – 12:30  At the interface of urban and rural: investigating the role of minor centres in the economy of Roman Central Italy (Gijs Tol en Tymon De Haas – Groningen University)

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch


Session 2:  Urban landscapes
Chair: Tesse Stek.

14:00 – 14:30  Urban survey in Italy and the identification of economic space in Roman towns (Frank Vermeulen – Ghent University)

14:30 – 15:00  Big money or big government? Politics, commerce and the urban landscape in Roman Italy (Miko Flohr – Leiden University, Institute for History)

15:00 – 15:30  Domus and Neighbourhood: conservative or adaptive responses to urban change in Roman Ostia. A close reading of Ostia’s city block IV iv (Hanna Stöger – Leiden University, Faculty of Archaeology)

15:30 – 16:00  Shifting borderscapes. The development and transformation of Rome’s urban edge (Saskia Stevens – University of Utrecht)

16:00 – 16:30 Tea Break


Session 3: An urbanizing world: beyond the Italian peninsula
Chair: Miko Flohr.

16:30 – 17:00  Chasing and understanding the ‘five hundred cities’ – a perspective on town and country from Roman Asia Minor (Rinse Willet – Leiden University, Institute for History)

17:00 – 17:30 Urbanism and Municipalisation in Roman North Africa (Matthew Hobson – Leiden University, Institute for History)

17:30 – 18:00 General Discussion

18:00 Drinks

A dowloadable version of the programme can be found here, and a conference abstract can be found here.




June 12, 2015
09:30 - 18:00
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Huizinga Building
Doelensteeg 16
Leiden, 2300 RA Netherlands
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