The Beginnings of Urbanization in Rome

Christopher Smith

in Mediterranean Urbanization 800-600 BC

Published by British Academy

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263259
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734618 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Beginnings of Urbanization in Rome

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This chapter examines the urbanization process in Rome based on archaeological evidence. Archaeological attention has been refocused on Rome because the question of the reliability of our sources for early Rome has been reopened and because recent and ancient sources have been found to cohere to a surprising degree. The chapter suggests that the curiae are interestingly urban in their interests and functions, and in the way they participate in conscious and unconscious dialectics across the whole urban landscape. It also discusses the distinction between proto-urban and urban.

Keywords: urbanization process; Rome; archaeological evidence; ancient sources; curiae; dialectics; urban landscape; proto-urban

Chapter.  8682 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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