Glaeser, Edward L. Review of Roman Artisans and the Urban Economy, by Cameron Hawkins. Papers in Regional Science, 97.S1, March 2018.
Modern metropolises are so riddled with complex interactions that it can be hard to distinguish between the agglomeration benefits that matter from those that are merely peripheral. The study of ancient cities, by contrast, enables us to understand the most essential functions of urban density. Cameron Hawkins has done the field of urbanism a great service by writing his insightful and eye-opening book: Roman Artisans and the Urban Economy.