Space, Movement and the Economy in Roman Cities in Italy and Beyond
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How were space and movement in Roman cities affected by economic life? What can the study of Roman urban landscapes tell us about the nature of the Roman economy? These are the central questions addressed in this volume.
While there exist many studies of Roman urban space and of the Roman economy, rarely have the two topics been investigated together in a sustained fashion. In this volume, an international team of archaeologists and historians focuses explicitly on the economics of space and mobility in Roman imperial cities, in both Italy and the provinces, east and west. Employing many kinds of material and written evidence and a wide range of methodologies, the contributors cast new light both on well-known and less-explored sites. With their direct focus on the everyday economic uses of urban spaces and the movements through them, the contributors offer a fresh and innovative perspective on the workings of Roman urban economies and on the debates concerning space in the Roman world.
This volume will be of interest to archaeologists and historians, both those studying the Greco-Roman world and those focusing on urban economic space in other periods and places, as well as to other scholars studying pre-modern urbanism and urban economies.
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List of Contributors
PART I: INTRODUCING THE THEMES
Chapter 1: Introduction: Space, Movement and the Economy in Roman Cities, Arjan Zuiderhoek & Frank Vermeulen
Chapter 2: Economic Space and Movement between Roman Towns, their Suburbia and Territories: the Regional Perspective, Frank Vermeulen
PART II: SPACES
Chapter 3: Beyond Pompeii and Ostia: Commerce and Urban Space in Roman Italy, Miko Flohr
Chapter 4: Market Buildings in Asia Minor: Old Assumptions and New Starting Points, Dorien Leder – Slotman
Chapter 5: Do Economic Activities impinge on Roman Urban Matrices in Asia Minor? A new Style/Function Debate, Jeroen Poblome & Rinse Willet
Chapter 6: Elites and Economic Space in Roman Imperial Asia Minor, Arjan Zuiderhoek
Chapter 7: Making Space for Commerce in Roman Britain - Re-evaluating the Nature and Impact of the Forum/Basilica Complex, Christopher P. Dickenson
Chapter 8: The Roman Colony of Sena Gallica: Urban Space and Economic Activities, Giuseppe Lepore & Michele Silani
Chapter 9: Aquileia’s Market Spaces, Patrizia Basso
PART III: MOVEMENT
Chapter 10: Finding your Way towards the Macellum: the Spatial Organization of a Roman Type of Market Building, Adeline Hoffelinck
Chapter 11: How open was the Roman City? Movement and Impediments to Movement in the Street System, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill
Chapter 12: Transport and Trade. An Energy Expenditure Approach for the Distribution of Marble in Central Adriatic Italy in Roman Times, Devi Taelman
Chapter 13: "This Mule will ruin me": The Economy of Mobility in Roman Towns, Cristina Corsi
Chapter 14: Munigua's Place in the Operational Chain. Some Considerations regarding the Movement of People and Goods and the Division of Labour in the Lower Guadalquivir Valley during the Roman Period, Thomas Schattner
Chapter 15: Understanding Rome as a Port City, Simon Malmberg
Chapter 16: Space, Accessibility and Movement through the Portus Romae, Simon Keay, Peter Campbell, Katherine Crawford & Maria del Carmen Moreno Escobar
PART IV: CONCLUSION
The Economics of Space and Mobility in Roman Urbanism, Frank Vermeulen & Arjan Zuiderhoek
Frank Vermeulen is Professor of Roman Archaeology and Archaeological Methodology at the Department of Archaeology of Ghent University, Belgium.
Arjan Zuiderhoek is Associate Professor of Ancient History at the Department of History of Ghent University, Belgium.