Fields of interest
I am interested in the socio-economic history of urban communities in the Roman world, with a particular emphasis on material and textual evidence from Roman Italy. I have worked intensively in Pompeii and Ostia, where I conducted several fieldwork campaigns preparing my book on the world of the fullo, which focused on the fullers and their workshops and analyzed the material remains of fullonicae in Pompeii, Ostia and Rome.
My current project, 'Building Tabernae', funded by an NWO VENI-grant, explores the economic history of investment in commercial space in Roman Italy, seeking to come to a better understanding of the history of urban consumer economies in the late republic and the imperial period. While it is clear that there was a sharp increase in the maximum scale of building projects involving shops, a phenomenon especially visible in Ostia and Rome, the dynamics of this development have not been understood.
After studying Classics in Nijmegen, I did a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology at Radboud University (Supervisors: Moormann & De Haan), Nijmegen, which I completed in 2010. From 2010 until 2013, I was assistant director of the Oxford Roman Economy Project at the Faculty of Classics of the University of Oxford (led by Alan Bowman and Andrew Wilson), and Supernumerary Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford.
- Flohr, M. (2013) The World of the Fullo. Work, Economy and Society in Roman Italy. Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Flohr, M. (2012) 'Working and living under one roof: workshops in Pompeian atrium houses'. in Anguissola, A. (ed.) Privata Luxuria: Towards an Archaeology of Intimacy.
- Flohr, M. (2009) 'The social world of Roman fullonicae'. in Driessen, M.; Heeren, S.; Hendriks, J.; Kemmers, F.; Visser, R. (ed.) TRAC 2008: Proceedings of the Eighteenth Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, Amsterdam 2008 Oxford: Oxbow, 173-186.
- Flohr, M. (2007) 'Nec quicquam ingenuum habere potest officina? Spatial contexts of urban production at Pompeii, AD 79'. Bulletin Antieke Beschaving. Annual Papers on Classical Archaeology 82.1, 129-148.
- Flohr, M. (2005) 'Keeping up appearances. Design History and Use of Domus VI 14, 21-22'. Rivista di Studi Pompeiani 16, 37-63.