Curriculum Vitae

Miko Flohr

Ancient Historian. Classical Archaeologist. Digital Classicist.

University Lecturer in Ancient History. Institute for History. Leiden University

I study Roman Urban History: what is the relation between imperialism and urban change in the Roman world? How did Roman 'globalization' transform (local) everyday life in the cities of the Italian Peninsula? How can we use small-scale, local development to explore the significance of globalising processes in World History? The size, quality and longevity of Rome's imperial network had a fundamental and historically unique impact on urban communities throughout the Mediterranean, but in very different ways in different places. How can we make sense of that variation?

To find answers to such questions, we should combine quantitative and qualitative approaches, and look at the Roman world from a variety of perspectives. Urban economic life is one such perspective, and a rather significant one - how did globalisaton affect Roman urban economies, and how did changing urban economies affect the way in which cities looked and worked? Housing is another one: how did housing and living conditions develop in the Roman Mediterranean in the first centuries of our era? Did globalisation make communities more unequal? And if so, what were the practical consequences of this increasing urban inequality? 

Educated at Nijmegen, I spent several years at Oxford before moving to Leiden University where I have been based since 2013, and where I teach, moslty, on Greco-Roman urbanism and Roman imperial history. I wrote a monograph on the world of the Roman fullo, and edited volumes on Craftsmen and Traders in the Roman World and the Economy of Pompeii (both with Andrew Wilson). I am currently writing a book on the history of the Roman taberna

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Key Publications

Conferences Organized

  • December 7-9, 2016: VENI-conference ‘Urban Life and the Built Environment in the Roman World’, Leiden.
  • June 12, 2015: VENI-colloquium ‘Urbanizing Environments in the Roman World: Italy and beyond’, Leiden.
  • November 7-10, 2012: ESF Conference ‘Urban Economic Life in Europe and the Mediterranean before 1800’, All Souls College, Oxford. With Andrew Wilson.
  • June 29-30, 2012: conference ‘Structure and Scale of Roman Urban Economies: the case of Pompeii’, Oxford Roman Economy Project, University of Oxford, with financial support through the scientific network ‘Structural determinants of Economic Performance in the Roman World’ via Koen Verboven (Gent).
  • September 26-27, 2011: conference ‘the Economics of Roman Art’. Oxford Roman Economy Project. University of Oxford. With Andrew Wilson and Ben Russell.
  • July 21-24, 2011: ESF Exploratory Workshop ‘Beyond Marginality: Craftsmen and Traders and the socioeconomic history of Roman Urban Communities’. Wolfson College, Oxford. With Andrew Wilson.
  • July 20, 2011: OxREP Colloquium ‘Production and Supply in the Roman World’, All Souls College, Oxford.

Grants and Awards

  • NWO VENI Grant (2012): 'Building tabernae: how economic growth changed the cities of Roman Italy (200 BCE - 300 CE). [NWO] [Leiden].
  • ESF Conference Grant (2012, with Andrew Wilson): 'Urban economic life in Europe and the Mediterranean before 1800' [OxREP].
  • ESF Exploratory Workshop Grant (2011, with Andrew Wilson): 'Beyond Marginality. Urban Craftsmen and Traders in the Roman World' [OxREP].
  • Talent Stipend, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (2004).


Flohr, M. (2013). The World of the Fullo. Work, Economy and Society in Roman Italy. Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Poehler, E., M. Flohr and K. Cole (2011). Pompeii: Art, Industry, Infrastructure. Oxford: Oxbow.