Pompeii and the ager pompeianus

Ray Laurence*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Pompeii provides historians with the means to understand urbanism and its links to its hinterland. This chapter looks to the cultural memory of Pompeii's past located in texts and then moves on to examine the role of emulation, housing, and urban spectacle. In so doing, the site is set in the context of both its history and its landscape. The chapter emphasizes the role of both textual and archaeological sources as means to presenting an overview of the urban development of Pompeii.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA companion to roman Italy
EditorsAlison E. Cooley
Place of PublicationWest Sussex, UK
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781118993125
ISBN (Print)9781444339260
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Cultural memory
  • Elite identity
  • Landscape history
  • Pompeii
  • Roman City
  • Urban history


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