chapter  7
7 Pages

Streets, Space, and Roman Urbanism

For several decades the work of K. Lynch infl uenced the study of Roman urbanism. Various scholars sought to discover and describe the nodes, landmarks, edges, and districts of Roman cities and how the residents of and visitors to those cities would come to understand them while traveling along the paths that permeated the entire urban environment. Whereas this approach provided useful insights into architecture and its arrangement within a city, the study of the Roman city has been moving away from Lynch’s descriptive approach toward more quantitative techniques for describing streets and the use of urban space. Quantitative techniques allow for easy comparison of streets within and between cities as well as for the analysis of more data than is possible using a descriptive approach. The present work has demonstrated not only which techniques can be applied to the archaeological evidence from Roman sites dating to the Principate and early Late Antique periods, but also how those techniques can be interpreted with information from the ancient sources to help give us a view of the ancient Roman city from the street.