Cities of Empire
Imperialism in the Roman Empire
Course Code: CL5314
Course Tutor: Richard
Location and time: 2013: Bedford
Square, Royal Holloway Annex: Thursdays 11-1, Spring term
- City and Empire: Theories of
Imperialism and Urbanism
- Writing Alexandria: Philo
and the Greek City
- The Roman City in Egypt
- Making Romans: Utopian
Cities and the Roman West
- Cultural Memories and
Political Cultures: The City in Asia Minor
- What is a City: Urban Theory
I: City as Nature
- What is a City: Urban Theory
II: City and Community
- Imperial Cities: Cities and
- Feeding the Roman City
- Cities in Crisis: The City
of the Third-Century West
The course looks at the development of Roman urbanism within the Roman Empire.
It relates both changes in urban form and the spread of Classical urbanism to
Roman imperial cultural, economic, and political structures. The course aims to
question traditional approaches to Roman imperial urbanism, using in
particular, contemporary theorisations of the city and employing a variety of
different analytical perspectives. These include examination of ancient
writings on urban communities (Philo on Alexandria), ideas of acculturation and
cultural change in cities of the West, notions of political culture in cities
of the East, issues of religious identity, and finally considerations of the
sociological nature of the city. The period covered will be approximately AD 30
to AD 300 and will introduce students to the varied and changing nature of
Roman urbanism, East and West.
By the end
of this course, students should be able
demonstrate a critical awareness of approaches to
studying the ancient city and ancient urban society in the Roman period
show a systematic understanding of the varied
history of the urban form over a long
period to be able to compare urban forms in different periods
discuss structural changes in Roman society and the
cities over this period with a critical understanding of past research.
understand and evaluate current scholarship concerning the development
of urbanism in different regions and in different periods.
analyse problems and demonstrate a knowledge of the
general context of the history of cities and theories of urbanism and the
formation of urban communities.
demonstrate individual study skills, such as
researching, presentation and analytical thought.
Essay (3,500-4,000 words): One electronic
copy and one hard copy. (100%).
R The City in Roman and Byzantine Egypt
(Routledge, London, New York, 2002)
R and Onno van Nijf (2008) Feeding the
Ancient City (The Greek City in the Post-Classical Age I) (Peeters, 2008)
R. and Onno van Nijf, Political Culture
in the Greek City after the Classical Age (Peeters, 2011)
M.I.Finley, The Ancient
M.I. Finley ‘The ancient city
from Foustel de Coulanges to Max Weber and Beyond’, CSSH 19 (1977), 305-27 reprinted in M.I. Finley ( Economy and Society in Ancient Greece
(ed. B.D. Shaw & R.P. Saller) (Harmondsworth,1981)
M.I. Finley Ancient History: Evidence and Models
W.Jongman, The Economy and
Society of Pompeii (1988).
N. Morley, Metropolis and
Hinterland: The City of Rome and the Italian Economy 200 BC - AD 200
(Cambridge, 1996) [330.9376 MOR]
H. Parkins and C. Smith Trade,
Traders and the Ancient City (1998).
Holleran, Claire. Shopping
in Ancient Rome: The Retail Trade in the Late Republic and the Principate.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
Ray Laurence, Simon
Esmonde-Cleary, Gareth Sears (edd.) The
city in the Roman West, c. 250 BC-c. AD 250. (Cambridge, 2011)
Davis, M. (1992 [1990 1st ed.]) City of Quartz: Excavating the future in Los Angeles, London.
Deutsche, R. (1991) ‘Boys Town’ Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 9: 5-30.
Gregory, D. (1994) Geographical
Imaginations, Cambridge, Mass., Oxford.
Harvey, D. (1973) Social
Justice and the City, London.
Harvey, D. (1979) ‘Monument and myth’, Annals of the Association of American Geographers 69, 362-81.
Harvey, D. (1990) ‘Between Space and Time: reflections on the
Geographical Imagination’, Annals of the
Association of American Geographers 80: 418-34, reprinted in T. Barnes and
D. Gregory (eds) (1997) Reading Human
Geography: The poetics and politics of inquiry, London: 257-79.
Harvey, D. (1991) The
Condition of Postmodernism: An enquiry into the origins of cultural change,
Lefebvre, H. (1991) The
Production of Space (trans. D. Nicholson-Smith), Oxford, Cambridge.
Massey, D. (1991a) ‘Flexible sexism’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 9: 31-57.
Massey, D. (1991b) ‘A global sense of place’, Marxism Today (June): 24-9, reprinted in T. Barnes and D. Gregory
(eds) (1997) Reading Human Geography: The
poetics and politics of inquiry, London: 315-23.
Soja, E.W. (1989) Postmodern
Geographies: the Reassertion of Space in Critical Social Theory, London,
This page gives indicative information. Detailed information will be available via Moodle.