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Ray Laurence is Professor of Ancient History at Macquarie University (Australia), previous to his move to Macquarie University – he was Professor of Roman History and Archaeology at the University of Kent (UK).  His work based in Archaeology, History and Classics is characterised by a cross-disciplinary aspect that causes it to be accessible to architects, landscape historians, geographers and urbanists.  He has published books and articles on urbanism at Pompeii and across the Western half of the Roman Empire.

 His research falls into three areas:

  • The Roman City
  • Communications and Mobility – especially Roman roads
  • Age and Ageing in the Roman World



Top 5 Publications on the Roman City

Laurence, R. 2007. Roman Pompeii: Space and Society, 2nd edition, Routledge: London (216pp).

Laurence, R., Esmonde Cleary, & S., Sears, G. 2011. The City in the Roman West c. 250 BC –c. AD 250, CUP: Cambridge (355pp).

Laurence, R. & Newsome, D.2011. Rome, Ostia and Pompeii: Movement and Space, OUP: Oxford (444pp).

Laurence, R. & Butterworth, A. 2005. Pompeii: The Living City, Weidenfeld & Nicolson: London (390pp).

Laurence, R. 2017.  ‘The Sounds of the City: from Noise to Silence in Ancient Rome’, in E. Betts (ed.) Senses of the Empire: Multisensory Approaches to Roman Culture, Routledge: London pp.13-22.


Top 5 Publications on Communications and Mobility

Laurence R.1999. The Roads of Roman Italy: Mobility and Cultural Change, Routledge: London (221pp).

Laurence, R 2011, Traffic and Land Transportation in and near Rome. in P Erdkamp (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Rome. Cambridge University Press, New York, USA, pp. 246-261. DOI: 10.1017/CCO9781139025973.018

Laurence, R 2013, Roads and Bridges. in JD Evans (ed.), A Companion to the Archaeology of the Roman Republic. Blackwell Publishing, Chichester, West Sussex, UK, pp. 296-308. DOI: 10.1002/9781118557129.ch19

Worthing, M., Bannister, J. Laurence, R. and Bosworth, L. 2017. ‘Geochemical Methods for Sourcing Lava Paving Stones from Roman Roads in Central Italy’ Archaeometry 59 (6) 1000-1017. DOI: 10.1111/arcm.12321

Worthing, M., Bosworth, L. and Laurence, R. 2018. 'Trajan's Forum (Hemicycle) and the Via Biberatica (Trajan's Markets): an HHpXRF study of the provenance of lava paving in ancient Rome', Archaeometry 60. DOI: 10.1111/ascm.12374.


Top 5 Publications on Age and Ageing in the Roman World

Harlow, M. & Laurence, R. 2002. Growing Up and Growing Old in Ancient Rome: A Life Course Approach, Routledge: London (173pp).

Harlow, M. & Laurence R. 2010. The Cultural History of Shopping, Volume 1: Antiquity, Berg: London.

Harlow, M. & Laurence, R. 2007. Age and Ageing in the Roman Empire, Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplementary Series 65: Portsmouth RI (220pp).

Laurence, R. & Strömberg, A. 2012. The Family in the Greco-Roman World, Bloomsbury: London (194pp).  

Harlow, M. and Laurence, R. 2017. ‘Augustus Senex: Old Age and the Remaking of the Principate’, Greece and Rome 64: 113-131.




He has also been involved in the production of animated films based on his research.

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Projects 2018 2018

XVviri: The Interpreters of the Sibyl: The XVviri and the City of Rome

Laurence, R., Simpson, J., Coopey, E. & Statheos, P.

1/08/18 → …

Project: Research

Nodes of Urban Development in Ancient Rome

Laurence, R., Jones, J., Coopey, E., Twyford, O., Zhang, T. & Watson, A.

3/07/18 → …

Project: Research

Research Outputs 1991 2020

Roads and communications

Laurence, R., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Materialising Empire in Ancient Rome and Han Dynasty China. Tanner, J., Zhefeng, Y. & Huacheng, Z. (eds.). London: University College London

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

'At the age of nineteen' (RG 1): life, longevity, and the formation of an Augustan past (43-38 BCE)

Harlow, M. & Laurence, R., 2019, Gender, memory, and identity in the Roman world. Rantala, J. (ed.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, p. 157-179 23 p. (Social Worlds of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages; no. 683).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review


Connectivity: Ostia between Rome and the world

Laurence, R., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Acta Instituti Romani Finlandiae, 47.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticleResearch

From research on Roman history to cartoons and outreach in UK schools

Laurence, R., 2019, Teaching classics with technology. Natoli, B. & Hunt, S. (eds.). London ; New York: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 107-119 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

MQ Ancient History: City of Rome Blog

Coopey, E., Jones, J., Twyford, O. & Laurence, R., 25 Feb 2019

Research output: Non-traditional research outputWeb publication/siteResearch

Ancient History
Ancient Rome


Longman-History Today Next Generation Prize

Raymond Laurence (Recipient) & Alex Butterworth (Recipient), 2006


Ancient History

Teaching Prize

Raymond Laurence (Recipient), 2015


Ancient Rome

Activities 2014 2014

  • 1 Editorial work

Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group (Publisher)

Ray Laurence (Editor)
2014 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Press / Media

Research Assessment: Mapping the Differences

Raymond Laurence


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other