Oxford Roman Economy Project University of Oxford


Database coordinator: Jack Hanson

About the database

These data were compiled as the basis for a new account of the urbanism of the Roman world in the imperial period. The data consists of a new catalogue of sites with urban characteristics in the Roman Empire between 100 B.C. and A.D. 300, which includes information about their locations and date-ranges, as well as offering new estimates of the sizes of their inhabited areas and bringing together existing evidence for their monuments and civic status for the first time.
This material was originally assembled for a D.Phil. at the University of Oxford, which has now been published as a monograph (Hanson 2016a; 2016b). More information about how urbanism was defined, how the catalogue was compiled, how the size of the inhabited area of each site was measured, and other details can be found in the same works.


Hanson, J. W. (2016a). An Urban Geography of the Roman World, 100 B.C. to A.D. 300. University of Oxford D.Phil.

Hanson, J. W. (2016b). An Urban Geography of the Roman World, 100 B.C. to A.D. 300. Oxford: Archaeopress.

Citing the database

This Cities Database should be cited as:

Hanson, J. W. (2016). Cities Database (OXREP databases). Version 1.0. Accessed (date): <http://oxrep.classics.ox.ac.uk/databases/cities/>. DOI: <https://doi.org/10.5287/bodleian:eqapevAn8>

If you would like to use this material, please cite both Jack Hanson's monograph and this database.




Download tables as separate csv files:

- Cities (main table)

- Areas

- Bibliography

- Civic Status

- Monuments




Reconstructing the database

This dataset consists of one main table of sites, which is linked to three sub-tables for areas, monuments, and civic status via a primary key, along with an additional table for references

Database relationship diagram


Webdesign, databasedesign: Miko Flohr, 2010-2023. Content: OXREP, 2005-2023.