Sponsored by: AIA Denver Society
Saturday, May 5, 2018: Dr. J. W. Hanson, University of Colorado, Boulder, The Social Reactors Project
Oppidum Cadavera: Assessing the impact of ancient urban systems on the development of Europe
Although we have always known that cities were one of the hallmarks of the ancient world and that they have had a fundamental impact on the development of urbanism in modern Europe and beyond, we still have very little idea about the exact nature of the relationship between the ancient and modern urban systems. In this talk, I will use new data and innovative methods to explore some of these issues. How similar or different are ancient and modern urbanism? To what extent has ancient urbanism acted as a template for the modern world? What does this tell us about the survival or destruction of urban systems? And what can we say about the resilience of urban systems in the long run?
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.
Hanson, J. W., (2016), An Urban Geography of the Roman World, 100 BC to AD 300, (Oxford: Archaeopress).