Aktivitet: Foredrag og mundtlige bidrag › Konferenceoplæg
Following the defeat of Mithradates VI Eupator, the victorious Roman general, Pompey the great, was faced with the problem of creating a viable and economically self-sustaining structure of civic self-government. This he attempted to solve by establishing a string of cities on the polis model along an east-west highway from Nikopolis on the Armenian border to Pompeiopolis in central Paphlagonia. Pompey’s work was soon undone by Mark Antony, but a century later. The Pontic cities were re-integrated into the Imperium Romanum. The subsequent and diverse life histories of Pompey’s cities throw light upon the dynamics of urbanisation in the north-western Anatolian frontier zone and the inherent contradictions between politico-administrative objectives on the one hand and economic realities on the other.