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


  • Date Published: July 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521701402

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  • 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 well-illustrated synthesis provides students and 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 accounts not only for the city's geographical and temporal spread and its associated monuments (such as amphitheatres and baths), but also for its importance to the rulers of the Empire as well as the provincials and locals.

    • Written by three experts in the field using the latest research
    • Uses a wide range of examples providing students with a good quantity of data
    • Heavily illustrated with high-quality illustrations
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    • Date Published: July 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521701402
    • length: 370 pages
    • dimensions: 243 x 175 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus. 74 maps 15 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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 c.AD 250: an urban legacy of Empire?

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Cities in the Ancient Mediterranean World
    • City Life in the Roman Empire
    • Roman Life and Literature
    • The City in the Roman World
  • Authors

    Ray Laurence, University of Kent, Canterbury
    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).

    Simon Esmonde Cleary, University of Birmingham
    Simon Esmonde-Cleary is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Birmingham. His previous books include The Ending of Roman Britain (1989) and Rome in the Pyrenees: Lugdunum and the Convenae from the First Century BC to the Seventh Century AD (2007).

    Gareth Sears, University of Birmingham
    Gareth Sears is Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of Late Roman African Urbanism (2007).

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