1st Edition

The Roads of Roman Italy Mobility and Cultural Change

By Ray Laurence Copyright 1999
    236 Pages
    by Routledge

    236 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Roads of Roman Italy offers a complete re-evaluation of both the evidence and the interpretation of Roman land transport. The book utilises archaeological, epigraphic and literary evidence for Roman communications, drawing on recent approaches to the human landscape developed by geographers. Among the topics considered are:
    * the relationship between the road and the human landscape
    * the administration and maintenance of the road system
    * the role of roads as imperial monuments
    * the economics of road construction and urban development.

    List of Figures, Preface, 1. Introduction 2. Mastering Space: Road Building 312-44 BC 3. Town Foundation in Roman Italy 300-30 BC 4. The Politics of Road Building 5. Technological Change 6. Time and Distance 7. Transport Economics 8. Inland Waterways 9. Mules and Muleteers: the Scale of the Transport Economy 10. A Mobile Culture? 11. Viewing Towns - Generating Space 12. Tota Italia: Naming Italy 13. The Extension of State Power 14. Space-Time in Roman Italy


    Laurence, Ray