The spatial turn has brought forward new analytical imperatives about the importance of space in the relationship between physical and social networks of meaning. This volume explores this in relation to approaches and methodologies in the study of urban space in Roman Italy.
As a consequence of these new imperatives, sociological studies on ancient Roman cities are flourishing, demonstrating a new set of approaches that have developed separately from "traditional" historical and topographical analyses. Rethinking the Roman City represents a convergence of these different approaches to propose a new interpretive model, looking at the Roman city and one of its key elements: the forum. After an introductory discussion of methodological issues, internationally-know specialists consider three key sites of the Roman world – Rome, Ostia and Pompeii. Chapters focus on physical space and/or the use of those spaces to inter-relate these different approaches. The focus then moves to the Forum Romanum, considering the possible analytical trajectories available (historical, topographical, literary, comparative and sociological), and the diversity of possible perspectives within each of these, moving towards an innovative understanding of the role of the forum within the Roman city.
This volume will be of great value to scholars of ancient cities across the Roman world, well as historians of urban society and development throughout the ancient world.
Table of Contents
List of figures
List of contributors
Topography between two worlds: William Gell and Antonio Nibby
Andrew Wallace-Hadrill with Martin Millett
Some thoughts on current trends in the archaeology of urban contexts and rural landscapes in the Mediterranean world
Cities with optimal data: Rome, Ostia and Pompeii
Topography and Classical Archaeology: Landscape biography
Sensory-spatial history at Ostia: The embodied space of street porticoes
Jeffrey D. Veitch
Rethinking Relationships between Ostia and Portus
Visual communication in the streets of Pompeii
Annette van Haug and Philipp Kobutsch
A key public space in the Roman city: The Forum
Archaeologists in the Roman Forum
Historians in the Forum
Children and Public Space in Early Imperial Rome
Transformations of public space in the cities of Italy under the Principate: the case of the Forum
Dunia Filippi, former advanced Marie Slodowska-Curie Fellow, is affiliated Researcher at the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, UK. She is interested in urban and social settlement, the topography of ancient Rome during its long life span, residential building and archaeological theory and methodology. She has reconstructed the topography of the 8th Augustan region "Forum Romanum Magnum". She has recently co-edited the edition of the excavation over twenty years at the North Slope of the Palatine hill, in Rome (a 100 ha stratigraphic deposit between the 12th cent. BCE and the 14th cent. CE).