Aventine, Trastevere, and the Vatican

Filippo Coarelli

in Rome and Environs

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780520079601
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935099 | DOI:
Aventine, Trastevere, and the Vatican

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This chapter describes the Aventine as Rome's southernmost hill and the one closest to Tiber. It notes that the hill's steep slopes, which isolated it to a large extent from its surroundings, and its proximity to the river had a great influence on its history, which was closely bound with the struggle of the plebs. The chapter explains that during the Empire, the Aventine lost its association as a working-class and commercial quarter, and was transformed into an aristocratic neighborhood. It notes that the poorer inhabitants moved south to the plain near the Emporium and to the right bank in Trastevere. The chapter also describes the roads in Vatican, as well as the structures that can be found there.

Keywords: Aventine; Trastevere; Vatican; Rome; Tiber; plebs; Empire; aristocratic neighborhood; Emporium

Chapter.  13704 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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