Rome, Ostia, Pompeii: movement and space

Ray Laurence (Editor), David J. Newsome (Editor)

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This book demonstrates how studies of the Roman city are shifting focus from static architecture to activities and motion within urban spaces. Detailed case studies from the three best-known cities of Roman Italy are provided, revealing how movement contributes to our understanding of the ways that different elements of society interacted in space, and how the movement of people and materials shaped urban development. The chapters examine the impressions left by the movement of people and vehicles as indentations in the archaeological and historical record, and as impressions upon the Roman urban consciousness. Through a wide range of historical issues, this book studies movement as it is found at the city gate, in public squares and on the street, and as it is represented in texts. Its broad objective is to make movement meaningful for understanding the economic, cultural, political, religious, and infrastructural behaviours that produced different types and rhythms of interaction in the Roman city.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages444
ISBN (Print)9780199583126
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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