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Mediterranean Urbanization 800-600 BC$
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Robin Osborne and Barry Cunliffe

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263259

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263259.001.0001

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The Beginnings of Urbanization in Rome

The Beginnings of Urbanization in Rome

(p.91) 5 The Beginnings of Urbanization in Rome
Mediterranean Urbanization 800-600 BC

Christopher Smith

British Academy

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

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