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Settlement, Urbanization, and Population$
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Alan Bowman and Andrew Wilson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199602353

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602353.001.0001

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City Sizes and Urbanization in the Roman Empire

City Sizes and Urbanization in the Roman Empire

(p.161) 7 City Sizes and Urbanization in the Roman Empire
Settlement, Urbanization, and Population

Andrew Wilson

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at some of the physical evidence for Roman towns to see how we might establish the parameters of the plausible in estimating population densities for Roman cities in different regions, and therefore creating a set of possible estimates for population sizes of towns whose physical extent can be measured. A rough estimate is then presented for how the aggregate total of the urban population living in centres of 5,000 people or more in the mid-second century ad might relate to guesses about the total size of the population of the Roman empire.

Keywords:   Roman towns, population densities, population estimates, urban population

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