Department of Ancient History

Professor Ray Laurence

Professor Ray Laurence image

BA Wales, PhD Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Office: W6A 526
Telephone: (02) 9850 8833
Email: ray.laurence@mq.edu.au

Profile

Ray Laurence is Professor of Ancient History.  Prior to his appointment at Macquarie in 2017, he held positions at the Universities of Reading, Birmingham and Kent in the UK.  His research is centred on the study of Roman Urbanism.  He also works on the study of childhood and ageing in antiquity, as well as roads and communications technologies in the Roman Empire.

Ray's work often involves the use of innovative techniques, whether drawn from approaches in the Digital Humanities or in Archaeological Science. He has also developed collaborative projects with animators and an animation studio to produce six films, which have been viewed more than 8 million times. He is the editor of the series Studies in Roman Space and Urbanism (Routledge).

Higher Degree Supervision

Ray has supervised PhD students to completion and much of their work has appeared in print and have become key reference points for the study of Roman urbanism and the study of ageing in antiquity.  Please do get in touch, by email, if interested in working on a PhD topic in Roman Social History or Roman Archaeology.

Prizes

  • Routledge Ancient History Prize for his first book Roman Pompeii: Space and Society.
  • Longman-History Today New Generation Prize for the book Pompeii: The Living City.
  • First Prize for Teaching - Faculty of Humanities Teaching Prizes 2015, University of Kent.

Editorial Responsibilities

  • Series Editor of Studies in Roman Space and Urbanism (Routledge). 
  • Joint editor of the following books:-
    The Cultural History of Shopping, Volume 1: Antiquity, Berg: London.
    Written Space in the Latin West, Bloomsbury: London.
    The Family in the Greco-Roman World, Continuum: London.
    Rome, Ostia and Pompeii: Movement and Space, OUP: Oxford.
    The Cultural History of Childhood and Family, Volume 1: Antiquity, Berg: London.
    Age and Ageing in the Roman Empire
    , Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplementary Series 65.
    Travel and Geography in the Roman Empire, Routledge: London.
    Cultural Identity in the Roman Empire, Routledge: London.|
    Domestic Space in the Roman World: Pompeii and Beyond, Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplementary Series 22.

Animated Films

Since 2012, Ray has been involved in the making of short animated films drawing on his research on the Roman past and he was commissioned to make a film to answer the question: What is Research in the Humanities?

Blog and Social Media

Ray has curated the blog Lucius' Romans that posts on the Ides of each month.  He is also active in twitter discussions (@raylaurence1) on Roman History and Archaeology, but be warned many contributions focus on Roman paving stones, wheel ruts and other niche topics.

Publications

Books - Single or Joint Authored

Laurence, R. (commissioned)Mediterranean Timescapes: A Geography of Age in the Roman Empire Routlege: London.

Laurence, R. 2012. Roman Archaeology for Historians, Routledge: London (192pp).

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. 2009. Roman Passions: A History of Pleasure in Imperial Rome, Continuum: New York (248pp).

Laurence, R. 2008. The Roman Empire (The Traveller's Guide to the Ancient World: Rome and Its Environs), David & Charles: London (160pp) - 2008.

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

Laurence, R. & Butterworth, A. 2005. Pompeii: The Living City, Weidenfeld & Nicolson: London (390pp). Awarded the Longman-History Today New Generation Prize 2006

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

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

Laurence R. Roman Pompeii: Space and Society, Routledge: London (158pp) - 1994. Awarded the Routledge Ancient History Prize 1994.

 

Books - Edited

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

Sears, G., Keegan, P. & Laurence, R, 2013. Written Space in the Latin West, Bloomsbury: London (284pp).

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

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

Harlow, M. & Laurence R. 2010. The Cultural History of Childhood and Family, Volume 1: Antiquity, Berg: London (254pp).

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

Laurence R. & Adams C. 2001. Travel and Geography in the Roman Empire, Routledge: London (202pp).

Laurence R. & Berry J. 1998. Cultural Identity in the Roman Empire, Routledge: London (205pp).

Laurence R. & Wallace-Hadrill A. 1997. Domestic Space in the Roman World: Pompeii and Beyond, Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplementary Series no.22 (240pp).

 

Journal Articles

Harlow, M. and Laurence, R. 2017. 'Augustus Senex: Old Age and the Remaking of the Principate', accepted for publication in Greece and Rome 64 (Autumn 2017).

Worthing, M., Bannister, J. Laurence, R. and Bosworth, L. 2017. 'Geochemical Methods for Sourcing Basalt Paving Stones from Roman Roads in Central Italy' accepted by Archaeometry for 2017 DOI: 10.1111/arcm.12321.

Laurence, R. 2015. 'Bread and Circuses: Urbanism and Pleasure in Ancient Rome', Landscape Architecture Plus 2: 18-27.

Harlow, M. & Laurence R. 2010. 'De Amicitia: The Role of Age', Acta Instituti Romani Finlandiae 36: 21-32.

Laurence, R. 2008. 'City Traffic and the Archaeology of Roman Streets', Palilia 13: 87-106.

Laurence, R. 2006. 'Tourism and Romanità: a New Vision of Pompeii (1924-1942)', Ancient History: Resources for Teachers 35.1: 90-110.

Laurence, R. 2001. 'Roman Narratives: The Writing of Archaeogical Discourse - A View from Britain?' Archaeological Dialogues 8: 90-122.

Laurence R. 2000. 'The Image of the Roman City', Cambridge Archaeological Journal 10.2: 346-8.

Laurence R. 2000. 'Metaphors, Monuments, and Texts: the Life Course in Roman Culture', World Archaeology 31: 442-55.

Laurence R. & Paterson J. 1999. 'Power and Laughter: Imperial Dicta', Papers of the British School at Rome 67: 183-97.

Laurence R. 1994. 'Modern Ideology and the Creation of Ancient Town Planning' European Review of History/Revue Europeenne d'Histoire 1, 9-18.

Laurence R. 1994. 'Rumour and Communication in Roman Politics', Greece and Rome 61, 62-74.

Chapters in Books

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.

Laurence, R. 2016. 'Children and the Urban Environment: Agency in Pompeii', in C. Laes & V. Vuolanto (eds) Children and Everyday Life in the Roman and Late Antique World, Routledge: London pp27-43.

Laurence, R. 2016. 'Ancient Rome: Mobility in Europe's First Metropolis', in S. Griffiths (ed.) Spatial Cultures, Routledge: London pp.1-14.

Laurence, R. 2016. 'Pompeii and the Ager Pompeianus', in A. Cooley (ed.) A Companion to Roman Italy, Wiley Blackwell: Chichester pp.401-16.

Laurence, R. & Harlow, M. 2015. 'Age, Agency and Disability: Suetonius and the Emperors of the First Century C.E.', in C. Krötzl, K. Mustakallio, & J. Kuuliala (eds) Infirmity in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, Ashgate: Farnham pp.15-28.

Laurence, R. 2015. 'Towards a History of Mobility in Ancient Rome (300 BCE to 100 CE)', in I. Östenberg, S. Malmberg & J. Bjørnebye (eds) The Moving City: Processions, Passages and Promenades in Ancient Rome, Bloomsbury: London pp.175-186 and pp.302-307. 

Laurence, R. & Trifilò, F. 2015 'The Global and the Local in the Roman Empire', in M. Pitts & M.J. Versluys (eds) Globalisation and the Roman Empire, CUP: Cambridge pp.99-122.

Laurence, R. 2014. 'Streets and Facades' in R.B. Ulrich & C.K. Quenemoen (eds) A Companion to Roman Architecture, Wiley-Blackwell:Oxford pp.399-411.

Laurence, R. 2013. Roads and Bridges', in J. DeRose Evans (ed.) A Companion to the Archaeology of the Roman Republic, Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford, pp.296-308.

Laurence, R. 2013. 'Environment and Planning', in P. Clark (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Cities in History, OUP: Oxford, pp.197-212.

Laurence, R. 2012. 'Investigating the Emperor's Toga - Privileging Images on Roman Coins', in M. Harlow (ed.) Dress and Identity, Archaeopress: Oxford, pp.71-84. 

Harlow, M. & Laurence R. 2011. 'Viewing the 'Old': Recording and Respecting the Elderly at Rome', in Christian Krötzl & Katariina Mustakallio (eds) De senectute et mortis: Ideals and Attitudes towards Old Age and Death in Antiquity and Middle Ages, Brepolis, pp.3-24.

Harlow, M. & Laurence, R. 2010. 'Betrothal, Middle Childhood and the Life Course', in L. Larrson-Lovén and A. Stromberg (eds) Ancient Marriage in Myth and Reality, CSP: Newcastle,

Black, S., Browning, J.L., Laurence, R. 2009. 'From Quarry to Road: The Supply of Basalt for Road Paving in the Tiber Valley,in F. Coarelli and H. Patterson (eds) Mercator Placidissimus - The Tiber Valley in Antiquity, Rome: 705-30

Harlow, M. & Laurence, R. 2008. 'The Representation of Age in the Roman Empire: Towards a Life Course Approach', in P.P. Funari, R.S.Garraffoni and B. Letalien (eds) New Perspectives on the Ancient World (BAR International Series 1782), Oxford: pp. 205-21.

Harlow, M., Laurence, R., Vuolanto, V. 2007.  'Past, Present and Future in the Study of Roman Childhood', in S. Crawford and G. Shepherd Approaches to Childhood in the Past, Archaeopress: Oxford, pp.5-14.

Laurence, R. 2005.  'Health and the Life Course at Herculaneum and Pompeii', in H. King (ed.) Health in Antiquity, pp.83-96, Routledge: London.

Laurence, R. 2004. 'The Economic Exploitation of Geological Resources in the Tiber Valley: road building', in H. Patterson (ed.) Bridging the Tiber: Approaches to Regional Archaeology in the Middle Tiber  Valley, 285-96, British School at Rome: London.

Laurence, R. 2004. 'Milestones, Communication, and Political Stability', in L. Ellis and F.L. Kidner (eds) Travel, Communication and Geography in Late Antiquity, 38-49,Ashgate: Aldershot.

Laurence, R. 2004. 'The Uneasy Dialogue between Ancient History and Archaeology', in E. Sauer (ed) Archaeology and Ancient History, 99-113 Routledge: London.

Laurence, R. 2002. 'The Roman Urban Revolution', in E. Lo Cascio (ed.) Modalità insediative e strutture agrarie nell'Italia meridionale in età romana, Edipuglia: Bari 591-609.

Laurence R. 1999. 'Tourism, Town Planning and Romanitas: Rimini's Roman Heritage', in M. Biddiss & M. Wyke (eds) Uses and Abuses of Antiquity: 187-205,
Peter Lang: London.

Laurence R. 1997. 'Writing the Roman Metropolis', in H. Parkins (ed.) Roman Urbanism: Beyond the consumer model, 1-20, Routledge: London.

Laurence R. 1997. 'History and Female Power at Rome', in T. Cornell & K. Lomas (eds) Gender and Ethnicity in Ancient Italy, 129-39, Accordia Publications: London.

 

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