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The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Rome,9780521896290
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The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Rome



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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.

Table of Contents

The emergence of the city
Population size and social structure
Disease and death
Slaves and freedmen
Immigration and cosmopolitanization
Marriages, families, households
Pack-animals, pets, pests, and other non-human beings
The Urban Fabric
The urban topography of Rome
Housing and domestic architecture
Regions and neighborhoods
Monumental Rome
(Sub)urban surroundings
Logistical Challenges
The Tiber and river transport
Traffic and land transportation in and near Rome
The food supply of the capital
Counting bricks and stacking wood: providing the physical fabric
Water supply, drainage and watermills
Working for a Living
Industries and services
Labour and employment
Professional associations
Sex and the city
Rulers and the Ruled
Civic rituals and political spaces in Republican and Imperial Rome
Policing and security
'Romans, play on!': city of the games
Beyond This World
The urban sacred landscape
Structuring time: festivals, holidays and the calendar
Cemeteries and catacombs
What difference did Christianity make?
The city in ruin: text, image, and imagination
Roma aeterna
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