Curriculum Vitae

Miko Flohr

Ancient Historian. Classical Archaeologist. Digital Classicist.

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

I study the urban history of the Greco-Roman world with a focus on Roman Italy: what is the relation between state formation and urban change? How did Greco-Roman 'globalization' transform (local) everyday life in the cities of the Italian Peninsula? How can we use small-scale, local developments 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 Radboud University, 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

Key Publications

Flohr, M. (In Press). ‘Fora and commerce in Roman Italy’, in M. Flohr (ed.), Urban Space and Urban History in the Roman World. London: Routledge.

Flohr, M. (2019). ‘Artisans and Markets: the Economics of Roman Domestic Decoration’. American Journal of Archaeology 123.1: 101–125.

Flohr, M. (2017). ‘Quantifying Pompeii: Population, Inequality and the Urban Economy’, in M. Flohr and A. Wilson (eds), The Economy of Pompeii. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 53–84.

Flohr, M. (2017). ‘Textiles, trade and the urban economies of Roman Asia Minor’, in K. Piesker (ed.), Wirtschaft als Machtbasis. Vormoderne Wirtschaftssysteme in Anatolien. Berlin.

Flohr, M. (2016). ‘Innovation and Society in the Roman World’. Oxford Handbooks Online.

Flohr, M. and A. Wilson (2016). ‘Roman Craftsmen and Traders. Towards an Intellectual History’, in A. Wilson and M. Flohr (eds), Urban craftsmen and traders in the Roman World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 23–54.

Flohr, M. (2013). The World of the Fullo. Work, Economy and Society in Roman Italy. Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy. Oxford.

Flohr, M. (2013). ‘The Textile Economy of Pompeii’. JRA 26: 53–78.

Flohr, M. (2007). ‘Nec quicquam ingenuum habere potest officina? Spatial contexts of urban production at Pompeii, AD 79’. BABesch 82.1: 129–148.

Flohr, M. (2003). ‘Fullones and Roman Society. A Reconsideration’. JRA 16: 447–450.

For a full list of publications see here.


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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.