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Rome

A Living Portrait of an Ancient City

Stephen L. Dyson

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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…

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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An important addition to the literature on classical Rome... Highly recommended.

This exploration of Rome and what happened there seeks not only to examine the physical and structural evolution of the city from earliest times until the early Christian era, but also to explore its social and cultural history.

This book successfully manages to link the tangible remains to the wider themes of Roman history.

A well-written account notable for its attention to the human side of Imperial Rome and the livelihoods of its inhabitants as well as to the personalities of its leaders and the lavish history of the creation of their monumental capital.

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9
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488
ISBN
9780801892547
Illustration Description
28 halftones, 16 line drawings
Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
1. Approaching the Ancient City
2. The Creation of the Ancient Megalopolis of Rome
3. Rome after Hannibal
4. From Sulla to Octavian
5. The Creation of the Imperial City
6. The

List of Illustrations
Preface
1. Approaching the Ancient City
2. The Creation of the Ancient Megalopolis of Rome
3. Rome after Hannibal
4. From Sulla to Octavian
5. The Creation of the Imperial City
6. The Consolidation of the Imperial City
7. The Antonine City
8. Neighborhoods, Pathways, and Rituals of the Imperial City
9. Supply, Service, and Productivity: The Urban Economy of Ancient Rome
10. The People of Imperial Rome
11. On the Fringe: Rome beyond the Pomerium
12. The Prelude to the Christian City
Notes
Glossary of Latin Terms
Bibliography
Index

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Stephen L. Dyson

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.