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The population of ancient Rome

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Glenn R. Storey*
Department of Anthropology, 114 Macbride Hall, University of Iowa, Iowa City IA 52242-1322, USA.
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What was the population of imperial Rome? City blocks in Pompeii and Ostia are sufficiently well explored that a fair estimate of population density can now be arrived at. That peoples the city of ancient Rome with roughly 450,000 inhabitants, within the known population and density range of pre-industrial and modern urban centres.

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