Book Series: Studies in Roman Space & Urbanism from Routledge

Routledge has the book series Studies in Roman Space & Urbanism edited by Ray Laurence. Several scholars on the advisory board work in the field of Sensory Studies and the series will, I’m sure, touch on senses in the Roman context. The series description states:

“Over the course of the last two decades the study of urban space in the Roman world has progressed rapidly with new analytical techniques, many drawn from other disciplines such as architecture and urban studies, being applied in the archaeological and literary study of Roman cities. These dynamically interdisciplinary approaches are at the centre of this series. The series includes both micro-level analyses of interior spaces as well as macro-level studies of Roman cities (and potentially also wider spatial landscapes outside the city walls). The series encourages collaboration and debate between specialists from a wide range of study beyond the core disciplines of ancient history, archaeology and Classics such as art history and architecture, geography and landscape studies, and urban studies. Ultimately the series provides a forum for scholars to explore new ideas about space in the Roman city.”

Ray Laurence adds,

The series will build on the work that has developed over the last 3 decades on the Roman city, and seeks to drive this intellectual area forwards.

We welcome proposals from both established scholars and early career researchers (looking to publish their PhD theses).

Please see the Routledge website for details.

Below, I provide some additional information – queries should be sent to

Aims of the Series
i)  To develop the understanding of the Roman city via a series of volumes on the use and representation of space;
ii) To build a series associated with the major academic developments in the study of the Roman city;

iii) To publish both monographs and themed edited collections of papers.  In some cases the latter will be based on events devised by the series editor;

  1. iv) To enhance the published resources on space in antiquity with a view to establishing a flagship series of innovative volumes (often based on the latest research by PhD students).
  2. v) To include volumes based on micro- and macro-level analyses with a view to developing a relationship between these two levels of analysis.

Scope of the series –

The series will focus primarily upon the Roman City and, in particular, the intellectual junction between the disciplines of Archaeology and Ancient History that has proven in the development of the history of urbanism in antiquity.  This intersection also is enriched by work driven by what has become known as the ‘spatial turn’, which has shifted from a simple mapping of space to the analysis of the relationship between space and society or space and textual representation, etc.

Key themes for the series:

  1. i) Micro-level analyses– buildings or complexes that are sufficiently detailed in their approach and of importance to the study of space in antiquity to merit publication;
  2. ii) The City and Urbanism– the analysis of space within cities of the Roman Empire;

iii) Landscapes of Cities – the analysis of space at a larger scale that places the city within the context of its hinterland and connectivity with other cities;

  1. iv) Macro-level studiesof spatial patterns – the analysis in this case is focused on the spatial distribution of what we may describe as the features of urbanism across the geographical range of the Roman Empire.
  2. v) The Time-Depth of Urbanism in the Roman Empire will seek to comprehend the cultural memory of urbanism’s past in the Roman Empire accounting for the variation of temporal development – the cities of the Near East and the Aegean to those of northern Britain.
  3. vi) The applicability of urban theory to the evidence for urbanism in antiquity will include the creation of a better understanding of the use of theory and of the applicability of theory to the evidence.

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