This volume investigates how urban growth and prosperity transformed the cities of the Roman Mediterranean in the last centuries BCE and the fi rst centuries CE, integrating debates about Roman urban space with discourse on Roman urban history.

The contributions explore how these cities developed landscapes full of civic memory and ritual, saw commercial priorities transforming the urban environment, and began to expand signifi cantly beyond their wall circuits. These interrelated developments not only changed how cities looked and could be experienced, but they also affected the functioning of the urban community and together contributed to keeping increasingly complex urban communities socially cohesive. By focusing on the transformation of urban landscapes in the Late Republican and Imperial periods, the volume adds a new, explicitly historical angle to current debates about urban space in Roman studies. Confronting archaeological and historical approaches, the volume presents developments in Italy, Africa, Greece, and Asia Minor, thus significantly broadening the geographical scope of the discussion and offering novel theoretical perspectives alongside well- documented, thematic case studies.

Urban Space and Urban History in the Roman World will be of interest to anyone working on Roman urbanism or Roman history in the Late Republic and early Empire.

chapter 1|16 pages

From urban space to urban history—an introduction

ByMiko Flohr

part I|70 pages

Experiencing the city

chapter 2|20 pages

Political space and the experience of citizenship in the city of Rome

Architecture and interpellation
ByAmy Russell

chapter 3|27 pages

Emotion and the city

The example of Pompeii
ByAnnette Haug

chapter 4|21 pages

Hilltops, heat, and precipitation

Roman urban life and the natural environment
ByMiko Flohr

part II|90 pages

Community, identity, and urban space

chapter 5|22 pages

Topographical permeability and the dynamics of public space in Roman Minturnae

ByPatric-Alexander Kreuz

chapter 6|29 pages

Antique statuary and urban identity in Roman Greece

ByChristopher P. Dickenson

chapter 7|22 pages

Women in the forum

The cases of Italy and Roman North Africa
ByCristina Murer

chapter 8|15 pages

Religion in the urban landscape

The special case of Rome
ByMarlis Arnhold

part III|88 pages

Commerce and the urban landscape

chapter 9|19 pages

Sacred transactions

Religion and markets in Roman urbanism
ByElizabeth Fentress

chapter 10|23 pages

Fora and commerce in Roman Italy

ByMiko Flohr

chapter 11|20 pages

The archaeology of urban workshops in the Roman Maghreb

ByTouatia Amraoui

chapter 12|24 pages

The ports of Roman Lycia

Urbanism, networks, and hierarchies
ByCandace M. Rice

part IV|60 pages

Urban life beyond the city walls

chapter 14|21 pages

The tabernae outside Porta Ercolano in Pompeii and their context

BySandra Zanella

chapter 15|18 pages

Roman roads as an indicator of urban life

The Via Appia near Rome
ByStephan T.A.M. Mols, Eric M. Moormann