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Ancient Rome mapped

  • Bernard Frischer (a1)

When I first began my teaching career in 1976 at the University of California, Los Angeles, the subject of Roman topography was difficult to teach to English-speaking students. Most of the scholarship was written in Italian, and much of the rest was in French and German. Over the past 40 years the situation has changed significantly. We now have two useful introductory surveys in English: Coarelli's Rome and environs (2014) and Claridge's Rome: an Oxford archaeological guide (2010). We also have a host of monographic studies and, since 1988, innumerable articles and book reviews in the Journal of Roman Archaeology. Richardson's (1992) A new topographical dictionary of ancient Rome updated the one venerable but antiquated English reference work that we had long had: Platner and Ashby's (1926) A topographical dictionary of ancient Rome. Meanwhile, at least for polyglot scholars, the situation became even more favourable with the appearance of Steinby's (19922001) Lexicon Topographicum Urbis Romae (LTUR), a collaborative work by a distinguished international team writing in Italian, French, German and English, with around 2300 individual entries on specific sites and monuments of the ancient city.

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Baldassarri, P. 2013. Alla ricerca del tempio perduto: indagini archeologiche a Palazzo Valentini e il templum divi Traiani et divae Plotinae. Archeologia Classica 64 NS II (3): 371481.
Claridge, A. 2010. Rome: an Oxford archaeological guide (2nd edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Coarelli, F. 2014. Rome and environs: an archaeological guide. Translated by J.J. Clauss & D.P. Harmon (updated edition). Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press.
Hannah, R. & Magli, G.. 2011. The role of the sun in the Pantheon's design and meaning. Numen 58: 486513.
Haselberger, L. (ed.). 2014. The Horologium of Augustus: debate and context (JRA Supplement 99). Portsmouth (RI): Journal of Roman Archaeology.
Macdonald, W. 2002. The Pantheon: design, meaning, and progeny (2nd edition, with a new foreword by J. Pinto). Cambridge (MA): Harvard University Press.
Marder, T.A. & Wilson Jones, M. (ed.). 2015. The Pantheon from antiquity to the present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Platner, S.B. & Ashby, T.. 1926. A topographical dictionary of ancient Rome. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Richardson, L. jr. 1992. A new topographical dictionary of ancient Rome. Baltimore (MD): Johns Hopkins University Press.
Steinby, E.M. (ed.). 1992–2001. Lexicon Topographicum Urbis Romae (6 volumes). Rome: Quasar.
Volpe, R. & Parisi, A.. 2009. Alla ricerca di una scoperta: Felice de Fredis e il luogo di ritrovamento del Laocoonte. Bullettino della Commissione Archeologica Comunale di Roma 119: 81109.
Wiseman, T.P. 2012. Roma Quadrata, Archaic huts, the House of Augustus, and the orientation of Palatine Apollo. Journal of Roman Archaeology 25: 371–87.
Zink, S. 2012. Old and new archaeological evidence for the plan of the Palatine Temple of Apollo. Journal of Roman Archaeology 25: 388402.
Zink, S. & Piening, H.. 2009. Haec aurea templa: the Palatine Temple of Apollo and its polychromy. Journal of Roman Archaeology 22: 109–22.
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