The Moving City Processions, Passages and Promenades in Ancient Rome

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2016-08-25
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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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.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

I. Elite Movement
1. Power Walks: Aristocratic Escorted Movements in Republican Rome, Ida Östenberg (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
2. 'Moving Through Town': Foreign Dignitaries in Rome in the Middle and Late Republic, Richard Westall (Pontificia Università Gregoriana / The Catholic University of America, Italy)
3. Livia on the Move, Lovisa Brännstedt (Lund University, Sweden)
4. Fast Movement through the City: Ideals, Stereotypes and City Planning, Monica Hellström (Swedish Institute in Rome, Italy)
5. Veiled Visibility: Morality, Movement and Sacred Virginity in Late Antiquity, Sissel Undheim (University of Bergen, Norway)

II. Literary Movement
6. Rolling Thunder: Movement, Violence and Narrative in the History of the Late Roman Republic, Isak Hammar (Lund University, Sweden)
7. 'A Shouting and Bustling on All Sides (Hor. Sat. 1.9.77–8): Everyday Justice in the Streets of Republican Rome, Anthony Corbeill (University of Kansas, USA)
8. Urban flux: Varro's Rome-in-progress, Diana Spencer (University of Birmingham, Great Britain)
9. Augustan Literary Tours: Walking and Reading the City, Timothy M. O'Sullivan (Trinity University, USA)

III. Processional Movement
10. Moving In and Moving Out: Pagan ritual movements between Rome and its Suburbium, Kristine Iara (American Academy in Rome, Italy)
11. Augustus' Triumphal and Triumph-like Returns, Carsten Hjort Lange (Aalborg University, Denmark)
12. Rites of Passage: On Ceremonial Movements and Vicarious Memories, Gitte Lønstrup Dal Santo (Danish Institute in Rome/Copenhagen, Denmark)
13. The Laetaniae Septiformes of Gregory I, S. Maria Maggiore and early Marian cult in Rome, Margaret M. Andrews (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
14. Movement and the Hero: Following St. Lawrence in Late Antique Rome, Michael Mulryan (University of Kent, Great Britain)

IV. Movement and Urban Form
15. Towards a History of Mobility in Ancient Rome (300 BCE to 100 CE), Ray Laurence (University of Kent, Great Britain)
16. 'Ships are Seen Gliding Swiftly along the Sacred Tiber': The River as an Artery of Urban Movement and Development, Simon Malmberg (University of Bergen, Norway)
17. Monuments and Images of the Moving City, Anne-Marie Leander Touati (Lund University, Sweden)
18. Mithraic Movement: Negotiating Topography and Space in Late Antique Rome, Jonas Bjørnebye (Norwegian Institute in Rome, Italy/Bardu, Norway)

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