Catalogue

COVID-19: Updates on library services and operations.

Roman Pompeii [electronic resource] : space and society /
Ray Laurence.
imprint
London ; New York : Routledge, 1996.
description
xi, 158 p. : ill.
ISBN
0415141036, 9780415141031
format(s)
Book
More Details
added author
imprint
London ; New York : Routledge, 1996.
isbn
0415141036
9780415141031
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8180395
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 145-153) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Ray Laurence is a Special Research Fellow in the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity at the University of Birmingham
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1995-10:
Laurence makes a valiant effort to interpret the production and management of public and private urban space in Pompeii, with a view to providing new and deeper understanding of Pompeian (and hence other Roman) urban culture. No comparable book on Pompeii exists. Laurence analyzes and quantifies numerous attributes of the city's layout and architecture that hitherto have been largely ignored or dealt with anecdotally. Unfortunately, interpretation of social meaning is still secondary to analysis of spatial relationships. Laurence's conclusions are brief; the most successful are based on a comparison of separate, parallel physical data with ancient literary sources. The book provides an excellent overview of both ancient and modern literature relevant to the study of town planning, the social construction of space, and cities' regulation of purely domestic activities, as well as that of public and private business or entertainment. The author uses both archaeological and historical methods and evidence. He concludes his book with chapters on the timing and pace of city life and on modern models of urbanism. Footnotes are minimal and bibliographic references incorporated within the text, which is illustrated with black-and-white photographs, plans, and charts. Although aimed at students, scholars, and some visitors to Pompeii, the text can be rather dense and thus will appeal primarily to professionals and advanced students. S. Brown; University of California, Los Angeles
Reviews
Review Quotes
'Unpedantic presentation of a vast store of factual information, all scrupulously referenced.'- JACT Review '[This] second edition is bigger, and it is better... [it] will find a ready place amongst contemporary scholarship on Pompeii. It is up to date, engaging, well researched, and full of a wide range of imformation that is at once valuable and provocative.'- Bryn Mawr Classical Review
To find out how to look for other reviews, please see our guides to finding book reviews in the Sciences or Social Sciences and Humanities.
Summaries
Back Cover Copy
In this fully revised and updated edition of Roman Pompeii , Dr. Laurence looks at the latest archaeological and literary evidence relating to the city of Pompeii from the viewpoint of architect, geographer and social scientist.Enhancing our general understanding of the Roman world, this new edition includes new chapters that reveal how the young learnt the culture of the city and to investigate the role of property development and real estate in Pompeii's growth.Showing how Pompeii has undergone considerable urban development, Dr. Laurence emphasizes the relationship between the fabric of the city and the society that produced it. Local activities are located in both time and space and Pompeii's cultural identity is defined.This book is invaluable for students and scholars in the fields of archaeology and ancient history, as well as being rewarding reading for the many people who visit Pompeii.
Main Description
In this fully revised and updated edition of Roman Pompeii, Dr. Laurence looks at the latest archaeological and literary evidence relating to the city of Pompeii from the viewpoint of architect, geographer and social scientist. Enhancing our general understanding of the Roman world, this new edition includes new chapters that reveal how the young learnt the culture of the city and to investigate the role of property development and real estate in Pompeii "s growth. Showing how Pompeii has undergone considerable urban development, Dr. Laurence emphasizes the relationship between the fabric of the city and the society that produced it. Local activities are located in both time and space and Pompeii "s cultural identity is defined. This book is invaluable for students and scholars in the fields of archaeology and ancient history, as well as being rewarding reading for the many people who visit Pompeii.
Main Description
In this innovative book, now available in paperback, Dr. Ray Laurence looks at the archaeological and literary evidence relating to the city of Pompeii from the viewpoint of architect, geographer and social scientist. Pompeii is used as a focus for many major debates in classical history and archaeology, such as whether or not cities were planned and how the ancient economy worked. This study enhances our general understanding of the Roman world. Pompeii is shown to have undergone considerable urban development, and Dr. Laurence emphasizes the relationship between the fabric of the city and the society that produced it. Local activities are located in both time and space and Pompeii's cultural identity is defined.
Table of Contents
List of figures, maps and platesp. vii
Preface to the first editionp. xi
Preface to the second editionp. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Note on references to translations in Englishp. xvi
Introductionp. 1
Ancient and modern town planningp. 12
Reshaping public spacep. 20
Local identity: neighbours and neighbourhoodsp. 39
Production and consumptionp. 62
Deviant behaviourp. 82
Street activity and public interactionp. 102
The production of spacep. 117
Property ownership and urban land valuep. 134
The temporal logic of spacep. 154
Urban space and the production of adult citizensp. 167
Urbanism in Roman Italyp. 182
Bibliographyp. 192
Indexp. 207
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

This information is provided by a service that aggregates data from review sources and other sources that are often consulted by libraries, and readers. The University does not edit this information and merely includes it as a convenience for users. It does not warrant that reviews are accurate. As with any review users should approach reviews critically and where deemed necessary should consult multiple review sources. Any concerns or questions about particular reviews should be directed to the reviewer and/or publisher.

  link to old catalogue

Report a problem