The Rise of the Roman Urban Pattern

The Geography of Urbanism in Roman Asia Minor - Rinse Willet

Rinse Willet [+-]
University of Leuven
Dr. Rinse Willet is an archaeologist at the University of Leuven.


This chapter deals with the various forms of urbanism in Asia Minor present before the rise of the Roman Empire. Here a short history of cities and the most important sites in Asia Minor is presented before the second half of the first millennium BCE, before delving deeply in reconstructing the patterns of cities during the Classical and Hellenistic periods. Here, various sources of data are combined to create a hitherto unseen sequence of urban development. When they started to get a grasp on the region, the Romans did not encounter a blank canvas during the second century BCE, but rather encountered an already thriving distribution of cities, which the Romans would impacted and expanded upon.

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Willet, Rinse. The Rise of the Roman Urban Pattern. The Geography of Urbanism in Roman Asia Minor. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Nov 2019. ISBN 9781781798430. Date accessed: 25 Aug 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.37193. Nov 2019

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