Ray Laurence


1991 …2022

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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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