The Urban System of Roman Asia Minor and Wider Urban Connectivity

J. W. Hanson

in Settlement, Urbanization, and Population

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199602353
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731570 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy

The Urban System of Roman Asia Minor and Wider Urban Connectivity

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This chapter examines the urban system of Roman Asia. The distribution of urban sites indicates that a large proportion of Roman Asia was surveyed and controlled by urban centres, fairly evenly distributed across relief, but not across space, becoming sparser in the central plateau and east. The dense clustering of cities seems to reduce the span of control of individual cities within the region considerably, resulting in an average intercity distance of 24.5 km. Supporting this is a far denser network of agricultural sites. This arrangement seems to tally reasonably precisely with central place theory, since sites seem to have functioned as nodes of control (military and political) and as centres of administration and justice, as well as service centres.

Keywords: Roman Asia; urbanization; urban sites; central place theory

Chapter.  12866 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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