Urban Society In Roman Italy

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This collection of original essays focuses upon Roman Italy where, with over 400 cities, urbanization was at the very centre of Italian civilization. Informed by an awareness of the social and anthropological issues of recent research, these contributions explore not only questions of urban origins, interaction with the countryside and economic function, but also the social use of space within the city and the nature of the development process.; These studies are aimed not only at ancient historians and classical...

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Overview

This collection of original essays focuses upon Roman Italy where, with over 400 cities, urbanization was at the very centre of Italian civilization. Informed by an awareness of the social and anthropological issues of recent research, these contributions explore not only questions of urban origins, interaction with the countryside and economic function, but also the social use of space within the city and the nature of the development process.; These studies are aimed not only at ancient historians and classical archaeologists, but are directed towards those working in the related fields of urban studies in the Mediterranean world and elsewhere and upon the general theory of towns and complex societies.

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Applies the concepts of modern urban studies, sociology, and anthropology to examine the classical Roman cities in Italy from such perspectives as urban space, the mechanics of urban development, the social and economic behavior of the urban elite, the interaction between city and countryside, and the influence of the Roman city on later European culture. Also considers the origin of cities and Max Weber's theories about the ancient city. Most of the 11 essays are from a July 1991 conference in London. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781857286441
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/27/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of contributors
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Do theories of the ancient city matter? 9
2 The limits of the ancient city and the evolution of the medieval city in the thought of Max Weber 27
3 Public honour and private shame: the urban texture of Pompeii 39
4 The organization of space in Pompeii 63
5 The Insula of the Paintings at Ostia i.4.2-4: Paradigm for a city in flux 79
6 Urban elites and cultural definition: Romanization in southern Italy 107
7 Warfare and urbanization in Roman Italy 121
8 Religion and rusticity 135
9 The Roman villa and the landscape of production 151
10 The idea of the city and the excavations at Pompeii 181
11 "Slouching towards Rome": Mussolini's imperial vision 203
Index 217
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