Saturday, February 11, 2017, 2:00 PM: Dr. Jack Hanson, University of Colorado

New Perspectives on Ancient Urbanism


Although we’ve always known that cities were one of the most important features of the Greek and Roman world, we’ve actually had very little idea about basic aspects of the urbanism of the ancient world, such as how many of these settlements there were, where they distributed and how they changed over time, how large they were, and how many people lived in them compared to villages, hamlets, and farms. In this talk, I will attempt to answer some of these questions, drawing on the new research on ancient urbanism that has been put forward in my forthcoming book, and explore what it can tell us about what it was like to live in the ancient world and how it compared to the medieval and modern world.


J. W. Hanson is a historian and archaeologist specializing in the urbanism and economy of the Greek and Roman world. He holds a B.A. in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History from the University of Oxford, as well as an M.St. in Classical Archaeology and a D.Phil in Archaeology from the same institution. He is now a Research Associate at the University of Colorado, Boulder, working for the Social Reactors project.

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