The focus of
Regional Urban Systems in the Roman World is on urban hierarchies and interactions in large geographical areas rather than on individual cities. Based on a painstaking examination of archaeological and epigraphic evidence relating to more than 1,000 cities, the volume offers comprehensive reconstructions of the urban systems of Roman Gaul, North Africa, Sicily, Greece and Asia Minor. In addition it examines the transformation of the settlement systems of the Iberian Peninsula and the central and northern Balkan following the imposition of Roman rule. Throughout the volume regional urban configurations are examined from a rich variety of perspectives, ranging from climate and landscape, administration and politics, economic interactions and social relationships all the way to region-specific ways of shaping the townscapes of individual cities.
Luuk de Ligt is Professor of Ancient History at Leiden University. He has published widely on economic history, social history, legal history and urban history. His monograph
Peasants, Citizens and Soldiers (2012) has been greeted as a path-breaking contribution to the demographic history of Roman Italy. Between 2013 and 2018 he held a major research grant from the European Research Council (2013-2018) for the project
An Empire of 2,000 Cities.
John Bintliff is Emeritus Professor of Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology at Leiden University and Emeritus Professor at the University of Edinburgh. Since 1978 he has been co-directing (with Cambridge University) the Boeotia Project. In 2012 he published
The Complete Archaeology of Greece: From Hunter‐Gatherers to the 20th Century AD. Between 2013 and 2018 he co-directed the ERC-funded project
An Empire of 2,000 Cities .
List of contributors: Florian Baret, Damjan Donev Eseninova, Matthew S. Hobson, Michalis Karambinis, Frank Kolb Haselweg, Dragana Mladenović, Oliva Rodríguez Gutiérrez, Frida Pellegrino, Paul Scheding, David L. Stone, Manuel Fernández-Götz, Frédéric Trément, F. Vermeulen, Rinse Willet.
All interested in the economic, social or administrative structures of the early Roman empire, and anyone concerned with the impact of the Roman conquest on pre-Roman societies.