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Dr Alessandro Launaro

Dr Alessandro Launaro

Senior Lecturer in Classics (Classical Art & Archaeology)

Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at Gonville and Caius College

Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge
CB3 9DA

Office Phone: 01223 761004 (Faculty) / 764573 (College)

Research Interests

I am primarily interested in the long-term social-economic development of the Roman world, with a specific focus on the transformation of the urban and rural landscapes of Roman Italy. Having been extensively involved in a varied array of archaeological fieldwork in various parts of Italy (Liguria, Tuscany, Marche and Lazio), I am currently directing (together with Prof Martin Millett) an integrated research project (excavation, field survey and geophysical prospections) at the town of Interamna Lirenas (Southern Lazio).

Research projects

Key Publications

Books

  1. (in preparation) (with G.R. Bellini and M. Millett) Interamna Lirenas: A Roman Town and its Hinterland, 350 BC to AD 550 (McDonald Institute Monographs series). Cambridge.
  2. (2011) Peasants and Slaves. The Rural Population of Roman Italy (200 BC to AD 100) (Cambridge Classical Studies). Cambridge.

Articles/Chapters

  1. (forthcoming 2020) (with J.R. Patterson). New epigraphic evidence from the Roman town of Interamna Lirenas (Central Italy). In Epigraphica 20.
  2. (2020) (with M. Millett, L. Verdonck and F. Vermeulen). Falerii Novi: the Ground-penetrating Radar survey of a Roman city. In Antiquity 94 (375): 705–723.
  3. (2019) Interamna Lirenas – a history of 'success'? Long-term trajectories across town and countryside (4th c. BC to 5th c. AD). In A.U. De Giorgi (eds.), Cosa and the Colonial Landscape of Republican Italy (Third and Second Century BC). Ann Arbor. 119-138.
  4. (2018) (with N. Leone) A view from the margin? Roman commonwares and patterns of distribution and consumption at Interamna Lirenas (Lazio). In Journal of Roman Archaeology 31: 323-338.
  5. (2018) (with L. Verdonck, F. Vermeulen and M. Millett) The impact of high resolution Ground-Penetrating Radar survey on understanding Roman towns: case studies from Falerii Novi and Interamna Lirenas (Lazio, Italy). In Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. Cassino. 249-254.
  6. (2017) Something old, something new: social and economic developments in the countryside of Roman Italy between Republic and Empire. In T. de Haas and G. Tol (eds.), The Economic Integration of Roman Italy: Rural Communities in a Globalizing World. Leiden. 85-111.
  7. (2016) (with M. Maiuro) Forme dell'economia rurale. In L. Capogrossi Colognesi (ed.), L'Italia dei Flavi. Rome. 121-152.
  8. (2016) Finley and the Ancient Economy. In D. Jew, R. Osborne and M. Scott (eds.), M.I. Finley: An Ancient Historian and His Impact. Cambridge. 227-249.
  9. (2016) The economic impact of Flavian rule. In A. Zissos (eds.), Blackwell’s Companion to the Flavian Age of Imperial Rome. Oxford. 189-206.
  10. (2015) (with G.R. Bellini, A. Launaro, N. Leone, M. Millett and S.L. Trigona) Ceramiche comuni da Interamna Lirenas e dal suo territorio. Primi risultati dello studio crono-tipologico (campagne 2010-11). E. Cirelli, F. Diosono and H. Patterson (eds.), Le forme della crisi. Produzioni ceramiche e commerci nell'Italia centrale tra Romani e Longobardi. Bologna. 581-592.
  11. (2015) The nature of the villa economy. In P. Erdkamp, K. Verboven and A. Zuiderhoek (eds.), Ownership and Exploitation of Land and Natural Resources in the Roman World. Oxford. 173-186.
  12. (2014) (with G.R. Bellini and M.J. Millett) Roman colonial landscapes: Interamna Lirenas and its territory through Antiquity. In J. Pelgrom and T. Stek (eds.), Roman Republican Colonisation: New Perspectives from Archaeology and Ancient History. Rome. 255-275.
  13. (2014) Survey archaeology in the Roman world (history, approach, methodology). In Encyclopaedia of Global Archaeology. Berlin.
  14. (2012) Why, what and how to compare: site trends and population dynamics in Roman Italy (200 BC - AD 100). In P. Attema and G. Schörner (eds.), Comparative Issues in the Archaeology of the Roman Rural Landscape: Site Classification between Survey, Excavation and Historical Categories. Portsmouth. 117-132.
  15. (2011) Investing in the countryside: villas and farms, landowners and tenants (200 BC to 100 AD). In FACTA – A Journal of Roman Material Culture Studies 5: 129-143.
  16. (2009) (with M. Pasquinucci) Researching ‘on the margins’: landscape archaeology in the Polcevera Valley. In I. Holm and K. Stene (eds.), Liminal Landscapes. Beyond the Concepts of 'Marginality' and 'Periphery'. Oslo. 183-201.
  17. (2009) La Val Polcevera dalla seconda Età del Ferro alla fine dell’Evo Antico. In Rivista di Studi Liguri 72/73: 5-34.
  18. (2007) Landscape and population of the Roman countryside (II c. BC – I c. AD). In A. Cimdina and J. Osmond (eds.), Power and Culture. Identity, Ideology and Representation. Pisa. 1-12.
  19. (2007) I «castellari» di Sestri Ponente e Monte Carlo. In R. De Marinis and G. Spadea (eds.), Ancora su i Liguri. Genoa. 79-81.
  20. (2006) (with M. Pasquinucci). Landscape Archaeology in Pisa and the ‘POPULUS’ Project: paying attention and being selective. In S. Bigliazzi and S. Wood (eds.), Collaboration in the Arts  from Middle Ages to the Present. London. 191-198.
  21. (2004) Concerning landscape. In Agri Centuriati 1: 31-41.
  22. (2004) Experienced landscapes through intentional sources. In B. Croxford et al. (eds.), TRAC 2003. Proceedings of the Thirteenth Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference. Oxford. 111-122.

 

Fieldwork reports

  1. (2019) (with G.R. Bellini, D. Goddard, D, Grünwald, N. Leone and M.J. Millett). Interamna Lirenas (Research Report 2018). In Papers of the British School at Rome 87: 333-336.
  2. (2018) (with G.R. Bellini, N. Leone and M.J. Millett, L. Verdonck and F. Vermeulen). Interamna Lirenas (Research Report 2017). In Papers of the British School at Rome 86: 303-306.
  3. (2018) (with N. Leone, M.J. Millett, L. Verdonck and F. Vermeulen). Falerii Novi (Research Report 2017). In Papers of the British School at Rome 86: 302-303.
  4. (2017) (with G.R. Bellini, N. Leone, M.J. Millett, L. Verdonck and F. Vermeulen). Interamna Lirenas (Research Report 2016). In Papers of the British School at Rome 85: 321-324.
  5. (2017) (with N. Leone, M.J. Millett, L. Verdonck and F. Vermeulen). Falerii Novi (Research Report 2016). In Papers of the British School at Rome 85: 320-321.
  6. (2017) (with G.R. Bellini, S. Hay, A. James, N. Leone and M.J. Millett) Interamna Lirenas e il suo territorio. Indagini archeologiche 2013. In G. Ghini and Z. Mari (eds.), Lazio e Sabina 11. Rome. 293-300.
  7. (2016) (with R. Ballantyne, G.R. Bellini, J. Hales, N. Leone, M.J. Millett, L. Verdonck and F. Vermeulen). Interamna Lirenas (Research Report 2015). In Papers of the British School at Rome 84: 322-325.
  8. (2016) (with N. Leone, M.J. Millett, L. Verdonck and F. Vermeulen). Falerii Novi (Research Report 2015). In Papers of the British School at Rome 84: 321.
  9. (2015) (with R. Ballantyne, G.R. Bellini, N. Leone and M.J. Millett). Interamna Lirenas (Research Report 2014). In Papers of the British School at Rome 83: 299-302.
  10. (2014) (with G.R. Bellini, S. Hay, N. Leone and M.J. Millett). Interamna Lirenas (Research Report 2013). In Papers of the British School at Rome 82: 327-331.
  11. (2014) (with G.R. Bellini, S. Hay, N. Leone and M.J. Millett) Interamna Lirenas e il suo territorio. Indagini archeologiche non invasive 2012. In G. Ghini and Z. Mari (eds.), Lazio e Sabina 10. Rome. 195-204.
  12. (2013) (with G.R. Bellini, S. Hay, N. Leone and M.J. Millett) Interamna Lirenas (Research Report 2012). In Papers of the British School at Rome 81: 358-360.
  13. (2013) (with S. Hay, N. Leone and M.J. Millett) Interamna Lirenas e il suo territorio. Indagini archeologiche non invasive 2011. In G. Ghini and Z. Mari (eds.), Lazio e Sabina 9. Rome. 507-517.
  14. (2012) (with G.R. Bellini, S. Hay, N. Leone and M.J. Millett) Interamna Lirenas (Research Report 2011). In Papers of the British School at Rome 80: 358-360.
  15. (2012) (with S. Hay, N. Leone and M.J. Millett) Interamna Lirenas e il suo territorio. Indagini archeologiche non invasive 2010. In G. Ghini and Z. Mari (eds.), Lazio e Sabina 8. Rome. 295-301
  16. (2007) (with M. Pasquinucci, S. Menchelli, P. Sangriso, S. Genovesi and F. Pucci) Vada Volaterrana: scavi e ricerche 2006. In Quaderno del Laboratorio Universitario Volterrano 10: 131-140.
  17. (2006) (with M. Pasquinucci, S. Menchelli, N. Leone, G. Picchi and P. Sangriso) Vada Volaterrana: scavi e ricerche 2005. In Quaderno del Laboratorio Universitario Volterrano 9: 27-34.
  18. (2005) (with M. Pasquinucci, S. Menchelli, I. Monacci, G. Picchi and P. Sangriso) Vada Volaterrana: scavi e ricerche 2004. In Quaderno del Laboratorio Universitario Volterrano 8: 217-225.

 

Reviews

  1. (2013) Review of Peasants, Citizens and Soldiers by L. de Ligt, In Classical Review 63.2: 525-527.
  2. (2012) Review of The Italians on the Land: Changing Perspectives on Republican Italy then and now, edited by A. Keaveney and L. Earnshaw-Brown. In Journal of Roman Studies 102: 349.
  3. (2012) Review of Regional Pathways to Complexity. Settlement and Land-use Dynamics in Early Italy from the Bronze Age to the Republican Period, edited by P.A.J. Attema, G.J. Burger and P.M. Van Leusen. In European Journal of Archaeology 16.1: 200-204.
  4. (2012) Review of Settlement, Urbanization, and Population, edited by A. Bowman and A. Wilson. In Classical Review 63.1: 180-182.
  5. (2011) Review of Public Land in the Roman Republic: a Social and Economic History of Ager Publicus in Italy, 396-89 BC by S.T. Roselaar. In Journal of Roman Studies 101: 240-241.
  6. (2010) Review of Quantifying the Roman economy: methods and problems, edited by A. Bowman and A. Wilson. In Hermathena 189: 140-144.
  7. (2009) Cronaca del convegno ‘Tecnologia marittima nell’economia antica: navi e navigazione’ (Rome, 16-17 giugno 2009). In Bollettino di Studi Latini 39.2: 670-672.
  8. (2009) Review of Archaeology and Landscape in Central Italy, edited by G. Lock e A. Faustoferri. In The Holocene 19.6: 983.
  9. (2008) I sistemi monetari dei greci e dei romani: un dibattito in corso. In Rivista di Storia Economica 24.3: 387-395. [extended review of The Monetary Systems of the Greeks and the Romans, edited by W.V. Harris].

Popular articles

  1. (forthcoming) (with G.R. Bellini) Il teatro di Interamna Lirenas. In G.R. Bellini and G. Murro (eds.) Interamna Lirenas: Percorsi nel tempo. Materiali e storie della città romana. Fano. 47-49.
  2. (forthcoming) (with G.R. Bellini and M. Millett) La meridiana di M. Novius Tubula: un ritrovamento eccezionale dagli scavi della città antica. In G.R. Bellini and G. Murro (eds.) Interamna Lirenas: Percorsi nel tempo. Materiali e storie della città romana. Fano. 51-53.
  3. (forthcoming) (with G.R. Bellini and M. Millett) Prospezioni geofisiche tramite magnetometria sul sito di Interamna Lirenas. In G.R. Bellini and G. Murro (eds.) Interamna Lirenas: Percorsi nel tempo. Materiali e storie della città romana. Fano. 41-46.
  4. (forthcoming) (with G.R. Bellini and G. Murro) Interamna Lirenas: breve storia della città. In G.R. Bellini and G. Murro (eds.) Interamna Lirenas: Percorsi nel tempo. Materiali e storie della città romana. Fano.  9-13.
  5. (2018) Sundial of Marcus Novius Tubula. In Current World Archaeology 88 (April/May): 66.
  6. (2018) (with G.R. Bellini and M. Millett). Interamna Lirenas: una ricerca in corso. In Studi Cassinati 17.4: 243-250.
  7. (2018) (with G.R. Bellini, M. Millett, L. Verdonck and F. Vermeulen). Hidden histories of Roman towns. In Current World Archaeology 90 (August/September): 24-29.
  8. (2018) (with G.R. Bellini, M. Millett, L. Verdonck and F. Vermeulen). Vivere tra i fiumi. In Archeo 34.405 (November): 42-51.

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