The Tiber: Shaping Urban Movement and Development
Simon Malmberg will present his current project on Rome as a port city in the imperial period.
The river Tiber was essential in supporting the massive urban population of Rome from the Late Republic to Late Antiquity. The strain of supplying up to a million inhabitants in a pre-industrial society necessitated harbour facilities of an unprecedented scale. The harbours transformed the banks of the Tiber not just into the largest port of the Mediterranean area, but also into the largest commercial and industrial zone of the ancient world. The river was thus more than infrastructure: it was one of the essential geographic features that shaped the urban form of Rome.