First and foremost, thanks go out to Alison Cooley for all her guidance and comments over the years which greatly helped me improve my work. Thanks also go to Greg Woolf and Kevin Butcher for their insightful and helpful comments during the viva. Thanks also go to Arja Karivieri, Katariina Mustakallio, and Marja-Leena Hänninen of the Finnish Ostia project whose support has been vital for my progress and development as a researcher. I am grateful to Gil Renberg for sending me advance sections of his work as well as colleagues at the University of Cologne for creating a stimulating working environment. Special thanks go to Prof. Dr. Walter Ameling and the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Stiftung who made turning my PhD thesis into this book possible.
Joanna Kemp, Leah Reynolds, Coralie Acheson, and Jessica Lydon are thanked for their support and their help in proofreading endless versions of my work. Richard and Tom Dencer are thanked for always providing me with perspective and sustenance. Lastly, thanks are given to my family—Lies, Jeroen, and Casper van der Ploeg, for their help and love over the years.