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Urban Space between the Roman Age and Late Antiquity

Workshop summary by Assistant Professors Christopher Dickenson and Emanuele Intagliata.

Prof. Rubina Raja presenting on Jerash (photo: Emanuele E. Intagliata)
Assistant Prof. Christopher Dickenson presenting on cities and small towns in Roman and Late Antique Britain (photo: Emanuele E. Intagliata)
The river Danube at Regensburg (photo: Emanuele E. Intagliata)

On Thursday 13th and Friday 14th February, a two day workshop on ‘Urban Space between the Roman Age and Late Antiquity’ was held at Regensburg organized by local PhD students Arabella Cortese and Giulia Fioratto together with UrbNet’s Center director Prof. Rubina Raja. UrbNet was well represented with papers by Assistant Professors Emanuele Intagliata - on cities in the Roman eastern frontier - and Chris Dickenson - on public space in Roman Britain; Michael Blömer, now at Münster University and until recently also an Assistant Professor at UrbNet presented a paper on his fieldwork at Doliche in Southeast Turkey and Rubina Raja gave a public lecture on Jerash to open the event. Other papers explored issues to do with ancient urbanism at sites ranging from Italy to the Eastern Mediterranean. Regensburg, as the largest medieval town north of the Alps and a UNESCO world heritage site was a perfect setting for thinking about life in cities of the past. The event was housed in beautifully preserved buildings from the Middle Ages and closed with a fascinating tour of the town by a professional guide. The delegates from UrbNet extend their gratitude to their colleagues at Regensburg for their hospitality and to all of the participants for two days of thought-provoking presentations and stimulating discussions.