Rome: A Living Portrait of an Ancient City

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JHU Press, Jun 14, 2010 - History - 488 pages

Stephen L. Dyson has spent a lifetime studying and teaching the history of ancient Rome. That unparalleled knowledge is reflected in his magisterial overview of the Eternal City.

Rather than look only at the physical development of the city—its buildings, monuments, and urban spaces—Dyson also explores its social, economic, and cultural histories. This unique approach situates Rome against a background of comparative urban history and theory, allowing Dyson to examine the dynamic society that once thrived there. In his personal effort to reconstruct the city, Dyson populates its streets with the hurried politicians, hawking vendors, and animated students that once lived, worked, and studied there, bringing the ancient city to life for a new generation of students and tourists.

Dyson follows Rome as it developed between the third century BC and the fourth century AD, dividing the great megalopolis into distinct neighborhoods and locales. He shows how these communities, each with its own unique customs and colorful inhabitants, eventually grew into the great imperial capital of the Italian Empire.

Dyson integrates the full range of sources available—literary, artistic, epigraphic, and archaeological—to create a comprehensive history of the monumental city. In doing so, he offers a dramatic picture of a complex and changing urban center that, despite its flaws, flourished for centuries.

 

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Contents

Approaching the Ancient City
1
The Creation of the Ancient Megalopolis of Rome
17
Rome after Hannibal
44
From Sulla to Octavian
79
The Creation of the Imperial City
117
The Consolidation of the Imperial City
156
The Antonine City
192
Neighborhoods Pathways and Rituals of the Imperial City
214
The People of Imperial Rome
264
On the Fringe Rome beyond the Pomerium
295
The Prelude to the Christian City
335
Notes
363
Glossary of Latin Terms
421
Bibliography
427
Index
451
Copyright

Supply Service and Productivity The Urban Economy of Ancient Rome
241

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About the author (2010)

Stephen L. Dyson is a professor of classics at the University at Buffalo and has spent his career writing about archaeology and Roman history. His numerous books include In Pursuit of Ancient Pasts: A History of Classical Archaeology in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, The Roman Countryside, and Community and Society in Roman Italy, also published by Johns Hopkins.

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