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
- From urban space to urban history – an introduction
- Political space and the experience of citizenship in the city of Rome: architecture and interpellation
- Emotion and the city: the example of Pompeii
- Hilltops, heat, and precipitation: Roman urban life and the natural environment
- Topographical permeability and the dynamics of public space in Roman Minturnae
- Antique statuary and urban identity in Roman Greece
- Women in the forum: the cases of Italy and Roman North Africa
- Religion in the urban landscape: the special case of Rome
- Sacred transactions: religion and markets in Roman urbanism
- Fora and commerce in Roman Italy
- The archaeology of urban workshops in the Roman Maghreb
- The ports of Roman Lycia: urbanism, networks, and hierarchies
- Urban borderscapes in Roman Italy: arenas for social, political and cultural interaction
- The tabernae outside Porta Ercolano in Pompeii and their context
- Roman roads as an indicator of urban life: the Via Appia near Rome
PART I. EXPERIENCING THE CITY
PART II. COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, AND URBAN SPACE
Christopher P. Dickenson
PART III. COMMERCE AND THE URBAN LANDSCAPE
Candace M. Rice
PART IV. URBAN LIFE BEYOND THE CITY WALLS
Stephan T.A.M. Mols and Eric Moormann
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.