Urban Space and Urban History in the Roman World (Studies in Roman Space and Urbanism)

October 30, 2020
Urban Space and Urban History in the Roman World (Studies in Roman Space and Urbanism)

This volume investigates how urban growth and prosperitytransformed the cities of the Roman Mediterranean in the lastcenturies BCE and the fi rst centuries CE, integrating debatesabout Roman urban space with discourse on Roman urban history.The contributions explore how these cities developed landscapesfull of civic memory and ritual, saw commercial prioritiestransforming the urban environment, and began to expand significantly beyond their wall circuits. These interrelated developmentsnot only changed how cities looked and could be experienced, butthey also affected the functioning of the urban community andtogether contributed to keeping increasingly complex urbancommunities socially cohesive. By focusing on the transformation ofurban landscapes in the Late Republican and Imperial periods, thevolume adds a new, explicitly historical angle to current debatesabout urban space in Roman studies. Confronting archaeological andhistorical approaches, the volume presents developments in Italy,Africa, Greece, and Asia Minor, thus significantly broadening thegeographical scope of the discussion and offering novel theoreticalperspectives alongside well- documented, thematic case studies.Urban Space and Urban History in the Roman World will be ofinterest to anyone working on Roman urbanism or Roman history inthe Late Republic and early Empire.