Annual Crake Doctoral Fellow in Classics Lecture
Wednesday, March 28, 2018.
4:30pm Dunn 106

Greco-Roman Urban Form in its Global Context: A New Approach to the Spatial Organization of Ancient Cities


The Classics Department presents a public lecture by Simeon David Ehrlich, the 2017-2018 J. E. A. Crake Doctoral Fellow in Classics and Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University. Reception 4:15pm, Lecture 4:30pm.

The grid plan has long been taken as the hallmark of the Greco-Roman city – but grid plans are common to cultures around the world. Comparing urban planning across ancient societies allows for the identification of distinctive spatial organizational principles that shape the cities of each society. This leads to the finding that the architecture of Greek and Roman cities encourages motion through the urban space, while the cities of other ancient societies are designed to restrict movement and control access. The Greco-Roman city is not defined by its form, but rather by the morphological principles underlying its form.

Ehrlich Lecture