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Transforming the city’s image

Menno Fenger and Paul Henman

in Rome in Late Antiquity

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780748612390
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651009 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612390.003.0003
Transforming the city’s image

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Architectural and epigraphic remains are not the only sources to picture Rome in late antiquity. In addition, there are descriptive pieces found in literary texts and the regionary catalogues. Curiosum urbis Romae and Notitia regionum give a detailed catalogue of the city's buildings and curiosities. Known to be the oldest of the city's forums and endowed with the most ancient remains, the Roman Forum is none the less rich in evidence of late antiquity. The temple of Jupiter Tonans standing on the rooftops of the temples seemed to be dancing amid the clouds. Meanwhile, each region possessed modest bathing establishments, but one could also go to the big public baths built by the emperors. The Colosseum, the biggest in the Roman world, was an outstanding focal point of urban society.

Keywords: Rome; literary texts; catalogues; Curiosum urbis Romae; Notitia regionum; forums; temple; Jupiter Tonans; public baths; Colosseum

Chapter.  6780 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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