The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Rome offers thirty-one original essays by leading historians, classicists and archaeologist on the largest metropolis of the Roman Empire. While the Colosseum, imperial palaces and Pantheon are famous features of the Roman capital, Rome is addressed in this volume primarily as a city in which many thousands of men and women were born, lived, and died. The clearly written and succinct chapters discuss numerous issues related to the capital of the Roman Empire: from the monuments and the games to the food- and water supply, from policing and riots to domestic housing, from death and disease to pagan cults and the impact of Christianity. Richly illustrated and designed as a readable survey accessible to all audiences, the Companion explains ground-breaking new research against the background of current debate and reaches a level of sophistication that will be appreciated by the experts.
About the Author
Paul Erdkamp is Professor of Ancient History at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). Previously, he was Research Fellow at the University of Leiden. He has published two monographs: Hunger and the Sword. Warfare and Food Supply in Roman Republican Wars (1998) and The Grain Market in the Roman Empire (2005), and is editor of The Roman Army and the Economy (2002), A Companion to the Roman Army (2007) and A Cultural History of Food in Antiquity (2012). His research interests include the ancient economy, army and warfare, ancient historiography, in particular Polybius and Livy, and social and cultural aspects of food in classical antiquity. Professor Erdkamp is currently co-chair of the Roman Society Research Centre, in which various departments of ancient history and archaeology at European universities participate.
Table of ContentsIntroduction Paul Erdkamp; 1. The emergence of the city Alexandre Grandazzi; Part I. Inhabitants: 2. Population size and social structure Neville Morley; 3. Disease and death Walter Scheidel; 4. Slaves and freedmen Elisabeth Herrmann-Otto; 5. Immigration and cosmopolitanization Claudia Moatti; 6. Marriages, families, households Beryl Rawson; 7. Pack-animals, pets, pests, and other non-human beings Michael MacKinnon; Part II. The Urban Fabric: 8. The urban topography of Rome Elisha Dumser; 9. Housing and domestic architecture Glenn R. Storey; 10. Regions and neighborhoods J. Bert Lott; 11. Monumental Rome Roy D. Miller; 12. (Sub)urban surroundings Robert Witcher; Part III. Logistical Challenges: 13. The Tiber and river transport Steven L. Tuck; 14. Traffic and land transportation in and near Rome Ray Laurence; 15. The food supply of the capital Paul Erdkamp; 16. Counting bricks and stacking wood: providing the physical fabric Shawn Graham; 17. Water supply, drainage and watermills Christer Bruun; Part IV. Working for a Living: 18. Industries and services Wim Broekaert and Arjan Zuiderhoek; 19. Labour and employment Cameron Hawkins; 20. Professional associations Jinyu Liu; 21. Sex and the city Thomas A. J. McGinn; Part V. Rulers and the Ruled: 22. Civic rituals and political spaces in Republican and Imperial Rome Adam Ziolkowski; 23. Policing and security Benjamin Kelly; 24. Riots Gregory S. Aldrete; 25. 'Romans, play on!': city of the games Nicholas Purcell; Part VI. Beyond This World: 26. The urban sacred landscape Andreas Bendlin; 27. Structuring time: festivals, holidays and the calendar Michele R. Salzman; 28. Cemeteries and catacombs Leonard V. Rutgers; 29. What difference did Christianity make? A. D. Lee; Epilogue: 30. The city in ruin: text, image, and imagination Catharine Edwards; 31. Roma aeterna Ingrid Rowland.