Roman Architecture and Urbanism: Volume 1

From the Origins to Late Antiquity
Author: Fikret Yegul,Diane Favro
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521470711
Category: Art
Page: 882
View: 5815
Since antiquity, Roman architecture and planning have inspired architects and designers. In this volume, Diane Favro and Fikret Yegül offer a comprehensive history and analysis of the Roman built environment, emphasizing design and planning aspects of buildings and streetscapes. They explore the dynamic evolution and dissemination of architectural ideas, showing how local influences and technologies were incorporated across the vast Roman territory. They also consider how Roman construction and engineering expertise, as well as logistical proficiency, contributed to the making of bold and exceptional spaces and forms. Based on decades of first-hand examinations of ancient sites throughout the Roman world, from Britain to Syria, the authors give close accounts of many sites no longer extant or accessible. Written in a lively and accessible manner, Roman Architecture and Urbanism affirms the enduring attractions of Roman buildings and environments and their relevance to a global view of architecture. It will appeal to readers interested in the classical world and the history of architecture and urban design, as well as wide range of academic fields. With 835 illustrations including numerous new plans and drawings as well as digital renderings.

The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Augustus

Author: Karl Galinsky
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521807968
Category: Art
Page: 407
View: 5757
The age of Augustus, commonly dated to 30 BC--AD 14, was a pivotal period in world history. A time of tremendous change in Rome, Italy, and throughout the Mediterranean world, many developments were underway when Augustus took charge and a recurring theme is the role that he played in shaping their direction. The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Augustus captures the dynamics and richness of this era by examining important aspects of political and social history, religion, literature, and art and architecture.

Augustan Culture

An Interpretive Introduction
Author: Karl Galinsky
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691058900
Category: History
Page: 474
View: 9222
Grand political accomplishment and artistic productivity were the hallmarks of Augustus Caesar's reign (31 B.C. to A.D. 14), which has served as a powerful model of achievement for societies throughout Western history. Although much research has been done on individual facets of Augustan culture, Karl Galinsky's book is the first in decades to present a unified overview, one that brings together political and social history, art, literature, architecture, and religion. Weaving analysis and narrative throughout a richly illustrated text, Galinsky provides not only an enjoyable account of the major ideas of the age, but also an interpretation of the creative tensions and contradictions that made for its vitality and influence. Galinsky draws on source material ranging from coins and inscriptions to the major works of poetry and art, and challenges the schematic concepts and dichotomies that have commonly been applied to Augustan culture. He demonstrates that this culture was neither monolithic nor the mere result of one man's will. Instead it was a nuanced process of evolution and experimentation. Augustan culture had many contributors, as Galinsky demonstrates, and their dynamic interactions resulted in a high point of creativity and complexity that explains the transcendence of the Augustan age. Far from being static, its sophisticated literary and artistic monuments call for the active response and involvement of the reader and viewer even today.

The Emperor and Rome

Space, Representation, and Ritual
Author: Björn C. Ewald,Carlos F. Noreña
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521519535
Category: Art
Page: 365
View: 8875
Explores ancient Rome under the impact of monarchy and as one of the structures which shaped the monarchy itself.

The Urban Image of Late Antique Constantinople

Author: Sarah Bassett
Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
Category: Architecture
Page: 316
View: 7357
This book reconstructs Constantinople's collection of antiquities from its foundation to its fall.

Philosophy and the City

Classic to Contemporary Writings
Author: N.A
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791479048
Page: N.A
View: 3018

The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Rome

Author: Paul Erdkamp
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521896290
Category: History
Page: 625
View: 4924
Rome was the largest city in the ancient world. As the capital of the Roman Empire, it was clearly an exceptional city in terms of size, diversity and complexity. While the Colosseum, imperial palaces and Pantheon are among its most famous features, this volume explores Rome primarily as a city in which many thousands of men and women were born, lived and died. The thirty-one chapters by leading historians, classicists and archaeologists discuss issues ranging from the monuments and the games to the food and water supply, from policing and riots to domestic housing, from death and disease to pagan cults and the impact of Christianity. Richly illustrated, the volume introduces groundbreaking new research against the background of current debates and is designed as a readable survey accessible in particular to undergraduates and non-specialists.

Columbarium Tombs and Collective Identity in Augustan Rome

Author: Dorian Borbonus
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139867717
Category: Art
Page: N.A
View: 1021
Columbarium tombs are among the most recognizable forms of Roman architecture and also among the most enigmatic. The subterranean collective burial chambers have repeatedly sparked the imagination of modern commentators, but their origins and function remain obscure. Columbarium Tombs and Collective Identity in Augustan Rome situates columbaria within the development of Roman funerary architecture and the historical context of the early Imperial period. Contrary to earlier scholarship that often interprets columbaria primarily as economic burial solutions, Dorian Borbonus shows that they defined a community of people who were buried and commemorated collectively. Many of the tomb occupants were slaves and freed slaves, for whom collective burial was one strategy of community building that counterbalanced their exclusion in Roman society. Columbarium tombs were thus sites of social interaction that provided their occupants with a group identity that, this book shows, was especially relevant during the social and cultural transformation of the Augustan era.


Critical Perspectives on Public Space
Author: Zeynep Çelik,Diane Favro,Richard Ingersoll
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520205284
Category: Architecture
Page: 300
View: 8879
This collection of twenty-one essays, written by colleagues and former students of the architectural historian Spiro Kostof (1936-1991), presents case studies on Kostof's model of urban forms and fabrics. The essays are remarkably diverse: the range includes pre-Columbian Inca settlements, fourteenth-century Cairo, nineteenth-century New Orleans, and twentieth-century Tokyo ... The theme of the volume is that the street presents itself as the basic structuring device of a city's form and also as the locus of its civilization. Each essay is a detailed investigation of a single urban street with unique historical conditions. The authors' shared concern regarding anthropological, political, and technical aspects of street making coalesce into a critical discourse on urban space.

Rivers and the Power of Ancient Rome

Author: Brian Campbell
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 080786904X
Category: History
Page: 608
View: 557
Figuring in myth, religion, law, the military, commerce, and transportation, rivers were at the heart of Rome's increasing exploitation of the environment of the Mediterranean world. In Rivers and the Power of Ancient Rome, Brian Campbell explores the role and influence of rivers and their surrounding landscape on the society and culture of the Roman Empire. Examining artistic representations of rivers, related architecture, and the work of ancient geographers and topographers, as well as writers who describe rivers, Campbell reveals how Romans defined the geographical areas they conquered and how geography and natural surroundings related to their society and activities. In addition, he illuminates the prominence and value of rivers in the control and expansion of the Roman Empire--through the legal regulation of riverine activities, the exploitation of rivers in military tactics, and the use of rivers as routes of communication and movement. Campbell shows how a technological understanding of--and even mastery over--the forces of the river helped Rome rise to its central place in the ancient world.

Imperium and Cosmos

Augustus and the Northern Campus Martius
Author: Paul Rehak
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 0299220133
Category: Art
Page: 288
View: 4268
Caesar Augustus promoted a modest image of himself as the first among equals (princeps), a characterization that was as popular with the ancient Romans as it is with many scholars today. Paul Rehak argues against this impression of humility and suggests that, like the monarchs of the Hellenistic age, Augustus sought immortality—an eternal glory gained through deliberate planning for his niche in history while flexing his existing power. Imperium and Cosmos focuses on Augustus’s Mausoleum and Ustrinum (site of his cremation), the Horologium-Solarium (a colossal sundial), and the Ara Pacis (Altar to Augustan Peace), all of which transformed the northern Campus Martius into a tribute to his major achievements in life and a vast memorial for his deification after death. Rehak closely examines the artistic imagery on these monuments, providing numerous illustrations, tables, and charts. In an analysis firmly contextualized by a thorough discussion of the earlier models and motifs that inspired these Augustan monuments, Rehak shows how the princeps used these on such an unprecedented scale as to truly elevate himself above the common citizen.

Elenchus of Biblica

Author: Robert Althann
Publisher: Gregorian Biblical BookShop
ISBN: 9788876536120
Category: Reference
Page: 692
View: 1636

Pagan Holiday

On the Trail of Ancient Roman Tourists
Author: Tony Perrottet
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780307558909
Category: Travel
Page: 416
View: 3822
The ancient Romans were responsible for many remarkable achievements—Roman numerals, straight roads—but one of their lesser-known contributions was the creation of the tourist industry. The first people in history to enjoy safe and easy travel, Romans embarked on the original Grand Tour, journeying from the lost city of Troy to the Acropolis, from the Colossus at Rhodes to Egypt, for the obligatory Nile cruise to the very edge of the empire. And, as Tony Perrottet discovers, the popularity of this route has only increased with time. Intrigued by the possibility of re-creating the tour, Perrottet, accompanied by his pregnant girlfriend, sets off to discover life as an ancient Roman. The result is this lively blend of fascinating historical anecdotes and hilarious personal encounters, interspersed with irreverent and often eerily prescient quotes from the ancients—a vivid portrait of the Roman Empire in all its complexity and wonder. From the Trade Paperback edition.


Visual Perception in the Age of Electronic Communication
Author: M. Christine Boyer
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
ISBN: 9781568980485
Category: Architecture
Page: 245
View: 7690
Noted urban historian M. Christine Boyer turns to the new frontier - cybercities - in this important and compelling new book. Boyer argues that the computer is to contemporary society what the machine was to modernism, and that this new metaphor profoundly affects the way we think, imagine, and ultimately grasp reality. But there is, she believes, an inherent danger here: that as cyberspace pulls us into its electronic grasp, we withdraw from the world. Transferred, plugged in, and down-loaded, reality becomes increasingly immaterial. Frozen to one side of our terminal's screen, Boyer concludes, we risk becoming incapable of action in a real city plagued by crime, hatred, disease, unemployment, and under-education.

Re-Presenting the Past

Archaeology through Text and Image
Author: Sheila Bonde,Stephen Houston
Publisher: Oxbow Books
ISBN: 1782972323
Category: Social Science
Page: 215
View: 5097
The archaeological past exists for us through intermediaries. Some are written works, descriptions, narratives and field notes, while others are visual: the drawings, paintings, photographs, powerpoints or computer visualizations that allow us to re-present past forms of human existence. This volume brings together nine papers, six of which were presented at a symposium hosted at Brown University. Two papers explore the classical past and medieval visualizations. Three treat the Maya, and one considers the imaging by eighteenth-century antiquarians of British history; yet another ranges broadly in its historical considerations. Several consider the trajectory over time of visualization and self-imaging. Others engage with issues of recording by looking, for example, at the ways in which nineteenth–century excavation photographs can aid in the reconstruction of an inscription or by evaluating the process of mapping a site with ArcGIS and computer animation software. All essays raise key questions about the function of re-presentations of the past in current archaeological practice.

The Moving City

Processions, Passages and Promenades in Ancient Rome
Author: Ida Ostenberg,Simon Malmberg,Jonas Bjà ̧rnebye
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472530713
Category: History
Page: 384
View: 1207
The Moving City: Processions, Passages and Promenades in Ancient Rome focusses on movements in the ancient city of Rome, exploring the interaction between people and monuments. Representing a novel approach to the Roman cityscape and culture, and reflecting the shift away from the traditional study of single monuments into broader analyses of context and space, the volume reveals both how movement adds to our understanding of ancient society, and how the movement of people and goods shaped urban development. Covering a wide range of people, places, sources, and times, the volume includes a survey of Republican, imperial, and late antique movement, triumphal processions of conquering generals, seditious, violent movement of riots and rebellion, religious processions and rituals and the everyday movements of individual strolls or household errands. By way of its longue durée, dense location and the variety of available sources, the city of ancient Rome offers a unique possibility to study movements as expressions of power, ritual, writing, communication, mentalities, trade, and ? also as a result of a massed populace ? violent outbreaks and attempts to keep order. The emerging picture is of a bustling, lively society, where cityscape and movements are closely interactive and entwined.

Globalizing Roman Culture

Unity, Diversity and Empire
Author: Richard Hingley
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134264704
Category: History
Page: 224
View: 1958
Richard Hingley here asks the questions: What is Romanization? Was Rome the first global culture? Romanization has been represented as a simple progression from barbarism to civilization. Roman forms in architecture, coinage, language and literature came to dominate the world from Britain to Syria. Hingley argues for a more complex and nuanced view in which Roman models provided the means for provincial elites to articulate their own concerns. Inhabitants of the Roman provinces were able to develop identities they never knew they had until Rome gave them the language to express them. Hingley draws together the threads of diverse and separate study, in one sophisticated theoretical framework that spans the whole Roman Empire. Students of Rome and those with an interest in classical cultural studies will find this an invaluable mine of information.

Urbem Adornare

Die Stadt Rom und Ihre Gestaltumwandlung Unter Augustus
Author: Lothar Haselberger
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781887829649
Category: History
Page: 288
View: 5259
A follow-up to the collaborative work Mapping Augustan Rome, this is a major new and thoroughly up-to-date study of the building program of Augustus in its historical context. The book contains German and English texts on facing pages throughout (the footnotes are not translated). The chapters are: 1. "Adorn this city". 2. Rome, a deficient metropolis. 3. Creating and preserving the new Rome. 4. The silent revolution of 7 B.C. - the "open city". 5. Augustus' new Rome. 6. A list of Augustan buildings in Rome. It is comprehensively indexed to allow researchers to find discussion of specific monuments and themes.