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Published May 27, 2021 by Routledge
456 Pages 171 B/W Illustrations

 
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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 on 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 premodern urbanism and urban economies.

Table of Contents

PART I: Introducing the themes

1. Introduction: space, movement and the economy in Roman cities

ARJAN ZUIDERHOEK AND FRANK VERMEULEN

2. Economic space and movement between Roman towns, their suburbia and territories: the regional perspective

FRANK VERMEULEN

PART II: Spaces

3. Beyond Pompeii and Ostia: commerce and urban space in Roman Italy

MIKO FLOHR

4. Market buildings in Asia Minor: old assumptions and new starting points

DORIEN LEDER- SLOTMAN

5. Do economic activities impinge on Roman urban matrices in Asia Minor? A new style/ function debate

JEROEN POBLOME AND RINSE WILLET

6. Elites and economic space in Roman Imperial Asia Minor

ARJAN ZUIDERHOEK

7. Making space for commerce in Roman Britain: reevaluating the nature and impact of the forum/ basilica complex

CHRISTOPHER P. DICKENSON

8. The Roman colony of Sena Gallica: urban space and economic activities

GIUSEPPE LEPORE AND MICHELE SILANI

9. Aquileia’s market spaces

PATRIZIA BASSO

PART III: Movement

10. Finding your way towards the Macellum : the spatial organization of a Roman type of market building

ADELINE HOFFELINCK

11. How open was the Roman city? Movement and impediments to movement in the street system

ANDREW WALLACE- HADRILL

12. Transport and trade: an energy expenditure approach for the distribution of marble in Central Adriatic Italy in Roman times

DEVI TAELMAN

13. “This mule will ruin me”: the economy of mobility in Roman towns

CRISTINA CORSI

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 G. SCHATTNER

15. Understanding Rome as a port city

SIMON MALMBERG

16. Space, accessibility and movement through the Portus Romae

SIMON KEAY, PETER CAMPBELL, KATHERINE CRAWFORD AND MARIA DEL CARMEN MORENO ESCOBAR

PART IV: Conclusion

The economics of space and mobility in Roman urbanism

FRANK VERMEULEN AND ARJAN ZUIDERHOEK

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Biography

Frank Vermeulen is a professor of Roman archaeology and archaeological methodology at the Department of Archaeology of Ghent University, Belgium.

Arjan Zuiderhoek is an associate professor of ancient history at the Department of History of Ghent University, Belgium.