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314 pages

164 figures (83 pages in colour)

Published Nov 2020

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789697742

Digital: 9781789697759

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Urbanisation; Administration; Roman Empire; Gaul; Germania Inferior; Roman Britain

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The Urbanisation of the North-Western Provinces of the Roman Empire

A Juridical and Functional Approach to Town Life in Roman Gaul, Germania Inferior and Britain

By Frida Pellegrino

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This study investigates the development of urbanism in the north-western provinces of the Roman empire. Key themes include continuity and discontinuity between pre-Roman and Roman ‘urban’ systems, relationships between juridical statuses and levels of monumentality, levels of connectivity and economic integration, and regional urban hierarchies.



Acknowledgements ;
Introduction . The study of the urbanisation of the North-Western provinces ;
Chapter 1: Object and Aims ;
Chapter 2: The Dawn of Urbanism ;
Chapter 3: The Integration of the North-Western Provinces into the Roman Empire ;
Chapter 4: The Self-Governing Cities: Elements and Rhythms of Urbanisation ;
Chapter 5: The Secondary Agglomerations of Gaul ;
Chapter 6: The Secondary Agglomerations of Germania Inferior and Britannia ;
Conclusions ;
Summary ;
Appendix A: List of Civitates in the North-western Provinces and Their Juridical Status and Dating (either Date or Reign) ;
Appendix B: Assured Magistrates of the North-Western Provinces ;
Appendix C: The Settlements of the North-Western Provinces ;

About the Author

Frida Pellegrino graduated with honours in 2008, after completing a BA course in Archaeology at the University of Padua. She then enrolled in the MA course at the University of Padua and spent a year abroad, studying at Southampton University (UK), with the Erasmus project. She graduated summa cum laude in 2011, specialising in Roman archaeology. She completed her PhD at the University of Leiden in 2018.


'As an independent monograph, it is a very valuable contribution to our knowledge of the north-western provinces of the Empire, of unprecedented scale and territorial focus.' – Oliva Rodríguez-Gutiérrez (2023): Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal 6(1)