The first and only monograph available on the subject, The Roman City and its Periphery offers a full and detailed treatment of the little-investigated aspect of Roman urbanism – the phenomenon of suburban development.
Presenting archaeological and literary evidence alongside sixty-three plans of cities, building plans, and photographs, Penelope Goodman examines how and why Roman suburbs grew up outside Roman cities, what was distinctive about the nature of suburban development, and what contributions buildings and activities in the suburbs might make to the character and function of the city as a whole.
With full bibliography and annotations throughout, this will not only provide a coherent treatment of an essential theme for students of Roman urbanism, but archaeologists, urban planners and geographers also, will have an excellent comparative tool in the study of modern urbanism.
1. Exploring the Edges of a Roman City 2. The Urban Periphery in Roman Thought 3. The Archaeology of the Urban Periphery 4. Gaul in the High Empire: Major Administrative Cities 5. Gaul in the High Empire: Secondary Agglomerations 6. Gaul in Late Antiquity 7. Some Wider Questions