Miko Flohr

Miko FlohrBackground

Starting from both material evidence and textual remains,my research focuses on a variety of themes related to the history of cities in the Roman world. I am particularly interested in the relation between built space and society, and in urban economic life: to which extent were the basic parameters of everyday urban life changed in the processes of urbanization that characterized the late Republic and Early Empire?  Most of my past work has been focusing on Roman Italy, particularly Pompeii and Ostia, but during my years at the Oxford Roman Economy Project, I have started to work on other regions in the Roman world as well, particularly regarding the history and archaeology of urban manufacturing and trade.

Research themes

Roman urban history, Roman economy, Textile manufacturing and trade, Roman Italy, Pompeii, Ostia.

Academic positions

  • 2013-now: University of Leiden, Postdoctoral researcher and lecturer. Institute for History.
  • 2010-2013: University of Oxford, Faculty of Classics, Oxford Roman Economy Project, Assistant Director. Lecturer. Wolfson College, Oxford: Supernumerary Fellow.
  • 2005-2009: Radboud University Nijmegen, Faculty of Arts. Junior Researcher.

Key publications

Flohr, M. (2014) ‘Towards an Economic History of Textile Manufacturing and Trade in the Roman World’. in Dross-Krüpe, K. (ed.) Textile trade and distribution in antiquity. Wiesbaden: Harassowitz, 1-16.

Flohr, M. (2013) The World of the Fullo. Work, Economy and Society in Roman Italy. Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Flohr, M. (2013) ‘The Textile Economy of Pompeii’. JRA 26, 53-78.

Flohr, M. (2012) ‘Working and living under one roof: workshops in Pompeian atrium houses’. in Anguissola, A. (ed.) Privata Luxuria: Towards an Archaeology of Intimacy unknown, 51-72.

Flohr, M.; Wilson, A. (2011) ‘The economy of ordure’. in Jansen, G.; Koloski-Ostrow, A.-O.; Moormann, E. (ed.) Roman Toilets. Their Archaeology and Cultural History Leuven: Peeters, 127-136.

Poehler, E.; Flohr, M.; Cole, K. (2011) Pompeii: Art, Industry, Infrastructure. Oxford: Oxbow.

Flohr, M. (2009) ‘The social world of Roman fullonicae’. in Driessen, M.; Heeren, S.; Hendriks, J.; Kemmers, F.; Visser, R. (ed.) TRAC 2008. Proceedings of the Eighteenth Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference Oxford: Oxbow, 173-186.

Flohr, M. (2007) ‘Nec quicquam ingenuum habere potest officina? Spatial contexts of urban production at Pompeii, AD 79’. BABesch 82.1, 129-148.

Flohr, M. (2005) ‘Keeping up appearances. Design History and Use of Domus VI 14, 21-22’. RivStPomp 16, 37-63.

Flohr, M. (2003) ‘Fullones and Roman Society. A Reconsideration’. JRA 16, 447-450.

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