By William V. Harris, Giovanni Ruffini
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15 Rozman 1973, 68. 16 Rowlandson 1985, 329–30. walter scheidel 14 of demographic metropolitisation. At ﬁrst sight, Edo appears to have grown more dramatically than London: after all, it attained a population of about 1 million within a century or less, while it took London several centuries to move from several tens of thousands to a comparable tally. However, when we control for the diﬀerent size of the underlying source populations, it becomes clear that London did in fact grow more rapidly in relative terms.
Imperial Rome, for example, appears to have been a ‘population sink’ of epic proportions, dominated by hyperendemic falciparian malaria that interacted synergistically with a variety of other infections, and just as in later periods of its history it must have relied on massive immigration to maintain or increase its size. 24 Alexandria, by contrast, had a reputation for salubrity. 25 The surrounding marshes were reput- 24 Sallares 2002; Scheidel 2003. 8. Haas 1997, 21 notes that today, Alexandria’s population doubles in the summer months.
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Ancient Alexandria Between Egypt And Greece (Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition) by William V. Harris, Giovanni Ruffini