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The Urbanisation of Rome and Latium Vetus
From the Bronze Age to the Archaic Era


  • Date Published: April 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107030350

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  • This book focuses on urbanization and state formation in middle Tyrrhenian Italy during the first millennium BC by analyzing settlement organization and territorial patterns in Rome and Latium vetus from the Bronze Age to the Archaic Era. In contrast with the traditional diffusionist view, which holds that the idea of the city was introduced to the West via Greek and Phoenician colonists from the more developed Near East, this book demonstrates important local developments towards higher complexity, dating to at least the beginning of the Early Iron Age, if not earlier. By adopting a multidisciplinary and multi-theoretical framework, this book overcomes the old debate between exogenous and endogenous by suggesting a network approach that sees Mediterranean urbanization as the product of reciprocal catalyzing actions.

    • Methodology uses landscape approach and settlement analysis, and theoretical synthesis includes urbanization models
    • Looks at new archaeological evidence and a review of recent excavations in Rome
    • Provides historical and archaeological synthesis, with deep historical perspective from the Bronze Age to the Archaic Era
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… applying new techniques to unpublished data, Fulminante convincingly demonstrates the early rise of Rome as the most powerful player within the network of city states which gradually emerged across Latium Vetus … the book is a most important achievement.' Peter Attema, Antiquity

    'Francesca Fulminante's book represents an important contribution, since it provides a new basis for the debate on changing settlement patterns in Early Iron Age and Archaic Latium. It should be read not only by archaeologists, but also by historians and other scholars interested in the origins of Rome and Mediterranean urbanisation.' Gabriel Zuchtriegel, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107030350
    • length: 428 pages
    • dimensions: 260 x 185 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.09kg
    • contains: 98 b/w illus. 38 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Urbanization and state formation in Middle Tyrrhenian Italy: historical questions and theoretical models
    2. The Latin landscape, data and methodology
    3. The city scale: Rome from a small Bronze Age village to the great city of the Archaic Age
    4. The territory scale: definition and dating of the Ager Romanus antiquus
    5. The territory scale: the Roman hinterland from the Bronze Age to the Republican period
    6. The regional scale: settlement pattern analysis in Latium vetus from the Bronze to the Archaic Age
    7. Multidimensional and multi-theoretical approach to the urbanization and state formation in Latium vetus.

  • Author

    Francesca Fulminante, University of Bristol
    Francesca Fulminante is Supervisor and Visiting Fellow of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. She is author of The Princely Burials in Latium Vetus and has excavated in Rome, Veii, Pompeii, Crustumerium, Gubbio and Broom (Bedfordshire).

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