The City in the Roman West, c.250 BC-c.AD 250

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Overview

The city is widely regarded as the most characteristic expression of the social, cultural and economic formations of the Roman Empire. This was especially true in the Latin-speaking West, where urbanism was much less deeply ingrained than in the Greek-speaking East but where networks of cities grew up during the centuries following conquest and occupation. This up-to-date and well illustrated synthesis provides students and non-specialists with an overview of the development of the city in Italy, Gaul, Britain, Germany, Spain and North Africa, whether their interests lie in ancient history, Roman archaeology or the wider history of urbanism. It not only accounts for its geographical and temporal spread and its associated monuments (such as amphitheatres and baths), but also seeks to account for its importance to the rulers of the Empire as well as the provincials and locals.
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"Students of Rome's empire will learn much from this work. Paper, binding, typography, bibliography, and index are up to the publisher's high standards, and at a fairly modest price for the paperback." —Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521701402
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 370
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ray Laurence is Reader in Ancient History at the University of Birmingham. He has published widely on the history of ancient Rome, including Roman Pompeii: Space and Society (2nd edition, 2007), Traveller's Guide to the Ancient World: Rome (2008) and Roman Passions: A History of Pleasure in Imperial Rome (2009).
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The creation of an urban culture
2. Colonisation and the development of Roman urbanism
3. City foundation, government and urbanism
4. The reception of Roman urbanism in the West
5. Town planning, competition and the aesthetics of urbanism
6. Defining a new town:
walls, streets and temples
7. Assembling the city:
forum and basilica
8. Assembling the city:
baths and urban life
9. Assembling the city:
theatres and sacred space
10. Assembling the city:
amphitheatres
11. The Roman city in ca.AD 250:
an urban legacy of Empire?
Bibliography
Index.
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