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The Roman Street: Urban Life and Society in Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Rome

Jeremy Hartnett (Wabash College)
Format
Book
Published
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Language
English
ISBN
9781107105706, 1107105706
Summary
"Every day Roman urbanites took to the street for myriad tasks, from hawking vegetables and worshipping local deities to simply loitering and socializing. Hartnett takes readers into this thicket of activity as he repopulates Roman streets with their full range of sensations, participants, and events that stretched far beyond simple movement. As everyone from slave to senator met in this communal space, city dwellers found unparalleled opportunities for self-aggrandizing display and the negotiation of social and political tensions. Hartnett charts how Romans preened and paraded in the street, and how they exploited the street's collective space to lob insults and respond to personal rebukes. Combining textual evidence, comparative historical material, and contemporary urban theory with architectural and art historical analysis, The Roman Street offers a social and cultural history of urban spaces that restores them to their rightful place as primary venues for social performance in the ancient world"--
Contents
  • Part I. Repopulating the Street
  • 1. Street forms, street movements
  • 2. Life in the street
  • 3. The street's social environment
  • Part II. The Street and its Architectural Border
  • 4. Sidewalks under siege : houses, owners, and urban context
  • 5. House facades and the architectural language of self-presentation
  • 6. The in and the out : streetside benches and urban society
  • Part III. The Street in Microcosm
  • 7. On the edge of the civic : a Herculaneum street
  • 8. A contentious commercial street in Pompeii
  • Epilogue.
Description
xv, 329 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 26 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-321) and index.
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