Roman urban landscape. Towns and minor settlements form Aquileia to the Danube


Stefan Groh (ed.)
Karl Strobel (ed.)

A book presents new elements of the urbanistic aspects of Roman towns and minor settlements in the large area of Caput Adriae, Noricum, and Pannoniae. The result of these efforts is twenty-six contributions by 54 authors from eight countries (Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia). With this publication, we have attempted to expand the knowledge about the development of towns and some other important settlements and their integration into a larger network of urban and rural agglomerations.

The initial two articles present broader but different perspectives on urbanisation. In the next part, twenty-two settlements are discussed. The extreme north-east of Regio X is represented by four settlements (Aquileia, Tergeste, Emona and Nauportus). The book includes most of the autonomous towns in Noricum as well as some other settlement areas (Celeia, Flavia Solva, Virunum, Magdalensberg, Teurnia, Aguntum, Iuvavum, Ovilava, Lauriacum, Stein). Selected towns and minor settlements are presented from the provinces of Pannonia Superior (Vindobona, Carnuntum, Strebersdorf, Savaria, Poetovio, Aquae Iasae) and Pannonia Inferior (Mursa, Bassiane).

The book offers the most important results of mainly large research groups. Two research strategies stand out in particular, with which it was possible to record comprehensive data on large or even massive ancient settlements. Systematic and large-scale geophysical surveys have provided excellent insight into areas that were not built on in modern times. These surveys are combined with various other methods such as aerial photography, LiDAR images, surface surveys and archaeological excavations (e.g., Carnuntum, Flavia Solva, Stein, Teurnia). In modern, heavily built-up areas, however, researchers relied mainly on the accurate recording and mapping of all kinds of archaeological evidence, from chance finds to preventive excavations. After several decades, this tedious and laborious work led to rich results (e.g., Ovilava, Iuvavum, Celeia, Mursa, Emona, Aquileia). In most cases, however, combining all possible traditional and modern methods enabled an enormous increase in knowledge.

The area is located in the contact zone between the eastern and western halves of the Empire and encompasses parts of the three geographical areas (i.e., the Mediterranean, Alpine and Continental worlds), which could make the book interesting for a broader understanding of the functioning of the Roman Empire.



Download data is not yet available.
1. March 2024

Details about the available publication format: PDF


ISBN-13 (15)


Publication date (01)


Details about the available publication format: Knjiga/Book


ISBN-13 (15)


Date of first publication (11)


Physical Dimensions

200 mm x 290 mm