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The Curious Tourist's Guide to Rome - Trajan's Markets

By Ray Laurence

Our undergraduates have been writing blogs for Professor Ray Laurence’s unit: The City of Rome. They can choose any topic to research and develop. Zoe Sims provides us with a guide to one of the most exciting but least visited sites and museums in Rome. The guide will ensure you actually get to the site and arrive in a position of knowledge to impress your friends and family. It is often called the world’s first shopping centre! Read the blog post on Trajan’s Markets

Reading the blog – we learn about the building of this large concrete structure that has survived right into the 21st century. On the way through this blog, you will also discover how the builders put in “levelling courses” that can still be seen. The site also contains the fascinating Museum of the Imperial Forums. There is a fantastic display of all the types of Roman amphorae, as well as regular special exhibitions. This is also the site of Professor Ray Laurence’s studies of Roman paving materials and the provenancing of where they came from, you can read the publication in Archaeometry.

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Ray Laurence

Ray Laurence is Professor of Ancient History at Macquarie University (Australia). Previous to his move to Macquarie University -- he was Professor of Roman History and Archaeology at the University of Kent (UK). He has published prize-winning books on Pompeii: Roman Pompeii: Space and Society and Pompeii: The Living City. His work based in Archaeology, History and Classics is characterised by a cross-disciplinary aspect that causes it to be accessible and of wider interest to architects, landscape historians, geographers and urbanists. Of particular interest is his work on the relationship between the physical form of the Roman city and its residents. He has also published extensively on Roman roads and communications, childhood and ageing, quantitative approaches to Latin inscriptions and approaches to cultural change in the Roman Empire. In addition, he has written scripts for cartoons that can be found on TED.Ed that have attracted more than 11 million views on YouTube.