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Urban Space and Urban History in the Roman World

Edited By

Miko Flohr

ISBN 9780367406226
Published June 15, 2020 by Routledge
348 Pages 126 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume investigates how urban growth and prosperity transformed the cities of the Roman Mediterranean in the last centuries BCE and the fi rst centuries CE, integrating debates about Roman urban space with discourse on Roman urban history.

The contributions explore how these cities developed landscapes full of civic memory and ritual, saw commercial priorities transforming the urban environment, and began to expand signifi cantly beyond their wall circuits. These interrelated developments not only changed how cities looked and could be experienced, but they also affected the functioning of the urban community and together contributed to keeping increasingly complex urban communities socially cohesive. By focusing on the transformation of urban landscapes in the Late Republican and Imperial periods, the volume adds a new, explicitly historical angle to current debates about urban space in Roman studies. Confronting archaeological and historical approaches, the volume presents developments in Italy, Africa, Greece, and Asia Minor, thus significantly broadening the geographical scope of the discussion and offering novel theoretical perspectives alongside well- documented, thematic case studies.

Urban Space and Urban History in the Roman World will be of interest to anyone working on Roman urbanism or Roman history in the Late Republic and early Empire.

Table of Contents

  1. From urban space to urban history – an introduction
  2. Miko Flohr


  3. Political space and the experience of citizenship in the city of Rome: architecture and interpellation
  4. Amy Russell

  5. Emotion and the city: the example of Pompeii
  6. Annette Haug

  7. Hilltops, heat, and precipitation: Roman urban life and the natural environment
  8. Miko Flohr


  9. Topographical permeability and the dynamics of public space in Roman Minturnae
  10. Patric-Alexander Kreuz

  11. Antique statuary and urban identity in Roman Greece
  12. Christopher P. Dickenson

  13. Women in the forum: the cases of Italy and Roman North Africa
  14. Cristina Murer

  15. Religion in the urban landscape: the special case of Rome
  16. Marlis Arnhold


  17. Sacred transactions: religion and markets in Roman urbanism
  18. Elizabeth Fentress

  19. Fora and commerce in Roman Italy
  20. Miko Flohr

  21. The archaeology of urban workshops in the Roman Maghreb
  22. Touatia Amraoui

  23. The ports of Roman Lycia: urbanism, networks, and hierarchies
  24. Candace M. Rice


  25. Urban borderscapes in Roman Italy: arenas for social, political and cultural interaction
  26. Saskia Stevens

  27. The tabernae outside Porta Ercolano in Pompeii and their context
  28. Sandra Zanella

  29. Roman roads as an indicator of urban life: the Via Appia near Rome

Stephan T.A.M. Mols and Eric Moormann

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Miko Flohr is Lecturer in Ancient History at Leiden University. His research focuses on the archaeology of urban economies in Roman Italy. He published the monograph The World of the Fullo: Work, Economy and Society in Roman Italy (2013), and co-edited the volumes Craftsmen and Traders in the Roman World (2016), and The Economy of Pompeii (2017). He is currently preparing a monograph on the architectural and economic history of the taberna and co-editing Companion to Cities in the Greco-Roman World.