Modern ideology and the creation of ancient town planning

Ray Laurence*

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This paper examines the historiography of ancient town planning and the Roman city, with particular attention to its origin in the town planning debate of the early twentieth century. It questions the existing dichotomies, ‘civilised’/’uncivilised’, ‘classical’/’barbarian’, ‘urban‘/’proto-urban’, that have characterised this history. Finally, the paper examines the effect of the separation of the academic disciplines of classics and archaeology in Britain upon the history of ancient urbanism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-18
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Review of History: Revue européenne d'histoire
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes


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