The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Rome

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Paul Erdkamp
Cambridge University Press, Aug 31, 2013 - History - 640 pages
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The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Rome offers thirty-one original essays by leading historians, classicists and archaeologist on the largest metropolis of the Roman Empire. While the Colosseum, imperial palaces and Pantheon are famous features of the Roman capital, Rome is addressed in this volume primarily as a city in which many thousands of men and women were born, lived, and died. The clearly written and succinct chapters discuss numerous issues related to the capital of the Roman Empire: 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 and designed as a readable survey accessible to all audiences, the Companion explains ground-breaking new research against the background of current debate and reaches a level of sophistication that will be appreciated by the experts.
  

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Contents

Intro du ction
8
Population size and social structure
29
The urban topography of Rome
131
GLENN R STOREY
151
IO Regions and neighbourhoods
169
I2 Suburban surroundings
205
The Tiber and river transport
229
Traffic and land transportation in and near Ronie
246
Sex and the city
369
Civic rituals and political spaces in republican
389
Policing and security
410
Riots
425
Romans play on city of the Games
441
The urban sacred landscape
461
festivals holidays and the calendar
478
Cemeteries and catacombs
497

The food supply of the capital
262
providing
278
I7 Water supply drainage and waterrnills
297
I8 Industries and services
317
Labour and employment
336
Professional associations
352
What difference did Christianity make?
522
teXt image and imagination
541
Roma Aeterna
558
Bibliography
575
Index
605
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Paul Erdkamp is Professor of Ancient History at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). Previously, he was Research Fellow at the University of Leiden. He has published two monographs: Hunger and the Sword. Warfare and Food Supply in Roman Republican Wars (1998) and The Grain Market in the Roman Empire (2005), and is editor of The Roman Army and the Economy (2002), A Companion to the Roman Army (2007) and A Cultural History of Food in Antiquity (2012). His research interests include the ancient economy, army and warfare, ancient historiography, in particular Polybius and Livy, and social and cultural aspects of food in classical antiquity. Professor Erdkamp is currently co-chair of the Roman Society Research Centre, in which various departments of ancient history and archaeology at European universities participate.

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