This collection of original essays focuses upon Roman Italy where, with over 400 cities, urbanization was at the very centre of Italian civilization. Informed by an awareness of the social and anthropological issues of recent research, these contributions explore not only questions of urban origins, interaction with the countryside and economic function, but also the social use of space within the city and the nature of the development process.; These studies are aimed not only at ancient historians and classical archaeologists, but are directed towards those working in the related fields of urban studies in the Mediterranean world and elsewhere and upon the general theory of towns and complex societies.

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ByKathryn Lomas
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chapter 2|18 pages

Do Theories of the Ancient City Matter?

ByC.R. Whittaker
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chapter 4|24 pages

Public Honour and Private Shame: The Urban Texture of Pompeii1

ByAndrew Wallace-Hadrill
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chapter 5|16 pages

The Organization of Space in Pompeii 1

ByRay Laurence
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Warfare and Urbanization in Roman Italy

ByT.J. Cornell
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chapter 9|16 pages

Religion and Rusticity

ByJ.A. North
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chapter 10|29 pages

The Roman villa and The Landscape of Production 1

ByNicholas Purcell
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chapter 11|22 pages

The Idea of The City and The Excavations at Pompeii

ByMartin Goalen
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chapter 12|13 pages

“Slouching towards Rome”: Mussolini's Imperial Vision

ByLuisa Quartermaine
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