Architecture and Politics in Republican Rome (Hardback)Penelope J. E. Davies (author)
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 1530 g
Dimensions: 285 x 227 x 27 mm
'Davies' achievement is to stand above the topographical fray and to keep the focus at all points on the bigger picture of historical context. The consequence is a volume that is truly innovative. We have seen many volumes on Roman Republican history with only glancing reference to architecture, and some (but not many) on Republican Art and Architecture, with only generic reference to historical context. What Architecture and Politics in Republican Rome achieves is to pull together these story lines into an integrated narrative that is so persuasive we may ask ourselves why it has never been done before.' Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, University of Cambridge
'Davies provides what amounts to a definitive architectural history of republican Rome (509-44 BCE). Distinguishing this volume from previous treatments is not only Davies's comprehensive approach and skilled integration of historical sources alongside presentation of the monuments, but also her inclusion of state-of-the-art illustrations, among them phase plans, digital reconstructions, and photographs, most reproduced in color. What emerges is a gradually evolving urban fabric for the city, one realized not by overarching designs, but rather by piecemeal agency and accretion, prior to the grand integrative schemes imposed during the imperial period. The temples, public spaces, fortifications, theaters, and other monuments that progressively defined the cityscape of Rome during the four centuries of the Republic not only overlay the fortunes of the metropolis itself but reflect the power struggles of class and men of action, culminating in the civil wars and accompanying Rome's transformation to the Empire.' Choice
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