The Moving City: Processions, Passages and Promenades in Ancient Rome

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Ida Ostenberg, Simon Malmberg, Jonas Bjørnebye
Bloomsbury Publishing, Aug 27, 2015 - History - 384 pages
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.


Walking and Reading the City
Ritual Movements between Rome and
On Ceremonial Movements and Vicarious Memories
Following St Lawrence in Late Antique Rome
The River as
Monuments and Images of the Moving City
Negotiating Topography and Space in Late Antique

Movement Violence and Narrative in the History of
Everyday Justice
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Ida Östenberg is Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Simon Malmberg is Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Jonas Bjørnebye held the Stein Erik Hagen Chair in Cross Disciplinary Studies at the Norwegian Institute in Rome, University of Oslo, Norway, and is now an independent scholar.

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