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City Boundaries and Urban Development in Roman Italy (Saskia Stevens) Paperback Book, (Peeters, 2017) 9789042933057
City Boundaries and Urban Development in Roman Italy (Saskia Stevens) Paperback Book, (Peeters, 2017) 9789042933057
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Title: City Boundaries and Urban Development in Roman Italy

Author: Stevens, Saskia

Publisher: Peeters; Publication Date: 2017

Paperback; ISBN: 9789042933057

Volumes: 1; Pages: 335

List Price in Paper: $99.00 Our price: $80.99

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In Roman cities, boundaries were an important way of defining spaces. The significance of such boundaries was mediated by specific cultural rules. Besides physical boundaries, such as city walls and gates, also immaterial ones, such as the pomerium, demarcated an urban context. Certain civic boundaries were highly visible and relevant to everyone, while others were important to only a small number of people. This book takes a new approach to Roman urban boundaries and city planning by exploring the dynamics and interaction between urban development processes, city limits and the law. As a result, Roman attitudes towards the symbolic meanings of civic boundaries can be better understood. Not only landownership influenced and determined the use of urban space and its boundaries; also conflicts and constant negotiations between law, culture and tradition, politics, and the dynamics of everyday urban life were important for the way the Romans approached urban limits.
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