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The Geography of Urbanism in Roman Asia Minor

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The Geography of Urbanism in Roman Asia Minor investigates how Roman urbanism manifested itself in Asia Minor during the first three centuries CE, particularly with regards to its spatial patterning over the landscape and the administrative, economic and cultural functions cities fulfilled, and how cities developed in terms of size and monumentality. It also addresses to what extent this was a result of political and socio-cultural and economic context and to what extent ‘structural determinants’, such as the physical topography, agricultural potential and climate (including the shifts/changes therein) influenced the observed patterns. As Asia Minor was already dotted by cities long before the Romans got a hold on this area during the second century BCE, this work compares urbanism of the first three centuries CE with the patterns of cities during the first millennium BCE (Classical and Hellenistic period particularly) and the Byzantine and Ottoman patterns, creating a long term perspective.

The book contains an appendix with the information for the 500 cities and 1000 villages in Asia Minor.

Published: Jan 1, 2020

Book Contributors

Section Chapter Authors
Preface Rinse Willet
List of Figures Rinse Willet
List of Tables Rinse Willet
Classical Source Abbreviations Rinse Willet
Chapter 1
Towards Defining Cities in Roman Asia Minor Rinse Willet
Chapter 2
The Rise of the Roman Urban Pattern Rinse Willet
Chapter 3
The Urban Pattern: Self-governing Cities Rinse Willet
Chapter 4
Secondary Agglomerations and Regional Settlement Patterns Rinse Willet
Chapter 5
The Urban Hierarchy Rinse Willet
Chapter 6
Monumentality and Cities Rinse Willet
Chapter 7
Epilogue Rinse Willet
End Matter
Bibliography Rinse Willet
Appendix I: Settlement Data Rinse Willet
Appendix II: Hinterlands and Territories Rinse Willet
Index Rinse Willet


A work of remarkable originality and scholarship... a brilliant landmark study that is a game changer in urban history and urban archaeology of the ancient world.
John Bintliff, Honorary Professor in Classical Archaeology, Edinburgh University