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Simon Malmberg studies the impact of traffic and movement on urban development in major cities of the Roman Empire. The focus of his research has been the Subura district in central Rome, city gate areas in Rome’s eastern periphery, harbour quarters in southern Rome, and in Ostia, the port city of Rome, in the time period 100-500 CE. Malmberg has also studied how capital cities may express political status through architecture and ritual, with a focus on Rome, Constantinople and Ravenna in the period 300-800 CE. Furthermore, he has studied the rituals surrounding banquets in the imperial palaces at Rome and Constantinople.
Fields of Research
Roman archaeology, specializing in late antiquity
Urban processes in Rome, Ostia, Ravenna and Constantinople, especially harbour quarters
Social, ethnic and religious identity
Traffic and urban movement
Imperial ceremony, political legitimacy, functions of capital cities
Study of foodways
ARK100: Archaeology - an Introduction
ARK110: Peope, Evolution and Society: From the First Humans to the End of the Bronze Age c. 500 BC
ARK120: The Mediterranean, Northern Europe, and the Nordic Region from c. 500 BC to AD 1500
ARK123: Life in Ancient Rome: An Introduction to Roman Archaeology
ARK210: Theory and Method
ARK250: Bachelor Thesis in Archaeology
ARK302: Archaeology: Landscape, Heritage and Management
ARK305: Archaeological Method
ARK350: Archaeology Master Thesis
Monographs & Edited Books
2003: Dazzling Dining: Banquets as an Expression of Imperial Legitimacy (Uppsala University), PhD thesis. Examiner: Professor Dame Averil Cameron [257 pages]
2015: The Moving City: Processions, Passages and Promenades in Ancient Rome (Bloomsbury Academic), co-edited with Ida Östenberg and Jonas Bjørnebye
Articles & Book Chapters
2016: Ravenna: Naval Base, Commercial Hub, Capital City, in K. Höghammar, B. Alroth & A. Lindhagen (eds.), Ancient Ports: The Geography of Connections. Proceedings of an international conference held at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala university, 23-25 September 2010 (Boreas. Uppsala Studies in Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Civilizations, 34) (Uppsala University Press), pp. 323-346 (peer-reviewed)
2015: ’Ships Are Seen Gliding Swiftly along the Sacred Tiber’: The River as an Artery of Urban Movement and Development, in I. Östenberg, S. Malmberg and J. Bjørnebye (eds.), The Moving City: Processions, Passages and Promenades in Ancient Rome (Bloomsbury Academic), pp. 187-201, 307-312. (peer-reviewed)
2015: Introduction, in I. Östenberg, S. Malmberg and J. Bjørnebye (eds.), The Moving City: Processions, Passages and Promenades in Ancient Rome (Bloomsbury Academic), pp. 1-9. Written with Ida Östenberg and Jonas Bjørnebye.
2014: Triumphal Arches and Gates of Piety at Constantinople, Ravenna and Rome, in S. Birk, T. Myrup Kristensen & B. Poulsen (eds.), Using Images in Late Antiquity (Oxbow Books), pp. 150-189. (peer-reviewed)
2014: The Swedish Institute of Classical Studies at Rome, in C. Smith (ed.), Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology (Springer), pp. 7181-7183. Written with Barbro Santillo Frizell.
2013: The New Palace of Mehmed Fatih and its Byzantine Legacy, in A. Ödekan, N. Necipoglu & E. Akyürek (eds.), The Byzantine Court: Source of Power and Culture. Papers from the Second International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium (Koç University Press), pp. 49-55. (peer-reviewed)
2013: Byen mellem havnene: skibsfart og dagligt brød i senantikkens Konstantinopel [The city between the harbours: shipping and daily bread in late antique Constantinople], Sfinx 2013:2, pp. 57-61. (peer-reviewed)
2013: Vad är klassisk arkeologi? [What is classical archaeology?], Riss: et arkeologisk tidsskrift 2013:1, pp. 16-23.
2013: Banquets, Byzantine, in R. Bagnall, K. Brodersen, C.B. Champion, A. Erskine & S.R. Huebner (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Wiley-Blackwell), 1035-1036.
2012: Romerskt bordsskick [Roman table manners], Klassisk Forum 2012:2, 53-59.
2011: Movement and Urban Development at Two City Gates in Rome: the Porta Esquilina and Porta Tiburtina, in R. Laurence & D. Newsome (eds.), Rome, Ostia and Pompeii: Movement and Space (Oxford University Press), pp. 361-385. Written with Hans Bjur. (peer-reviewed)
2010: Forum Romanum: marknadsplats eller monument? [Forum Romanum: market place or monument?], Tidningen Stad 2 (2010). pp. 42-43.
2010: Mehmet Fatihs bysantinska palats [The Byzantine Palace of Mehmet Fatih], Dragomanen 14, pp. 74-80.
2009: Navigating the Urban Via Tiburtina, in H. Bjur & B. Santillo Frizell (eds.), Via Tiburtina: Space, Movement and Artefacts in the Urban Landscape (Swedish Institute in Rome), pp. 61-78. (peer-reviewed)
2009: The Suburb as Centre, in H. Bjur & B. Santillo Frizell (eds.), Via Tiburtina: Space, Movement and Artefacts in the Urban Landscape (Swedish Institute in Rome), pp. 109-128. Written with Hans Bjur. (peer-reviewed)
2009: Finding Your Way in the Subura, in M. Driessen et al. (eds.), TRAC 2008. Proceedings of the Eighteenth Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (Oxbow Books), pp. 39-51. (peer-reviewed)
2007: Dazzling Dining, in L. Brubaker & K. Linardou (eds.), Eat, Drink and Be Merry (Luke 12:19) – Food and Wine in Byzantium. Papers of the 37th Annual Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies in Honour of Professor A.A.M. Bryer (Ashgate), pp. 75-91. (peer-reviewed)
2005: Visualising Hierarchy at Imperial Banquets, in W. Mayer & S. Trzcionka (eds.), Feast, Fast or Famine: Food and Drink in Byzantium [Byzantina Australiensia 15] (Australian Association for Byzantine Studies), pp. 11-24. (peer-reviewed)
2005: Rituals on the road: two highways at Rome and Ravenna AD 400-750, in H. Bjur & B. Santillo Frizell (eds.), Via Tiburtina. Space, movement and artefacts in the urban landscape [The Swedish Institute in Rome. Projects and Seminars, 4:1] (The Swedish Institute in Rome), pp. 47-50.
2015: Review of M. David, Eternal Ravenna: from the Etruscans to the Venetians, in The Classical Review 65:1, pp. 238-240.
2014: Review of S. Alcock, J. Bodel, R. Talbert (eds.), Highways, byways, and road systems in the pre-modern world, in The Classical Review 64:1, pp. 262-264.
2011: Review of L. Revell, Roman Imperialism and Local Identities, in European Journal of Archaeology 14:1-2, pp. 334-336.
2009: Review of P. von Rummel, Habitus barbarus: Kleidung und Repräsentation spätantiker Eliten im 4. und 5. Jahrhundert, in Opuscula 2, pp. 226-227.
The Tiber: Shaping Urban Movement and Development
The project studies the impact of the river Tiber on Rome, but also on Ostia and the Tiber Valley more generally. The river 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 Tiber shaped the character of the adjacent city districts of Campus Martius, Transtiberim and Testaccio. Thus, the river was more than infrastructure - it was one of the essential geographic features that shaped the urban form of Rome.