A Companion to the Archaeology of the Roman Republic

A Companion to the Archaeology of the Roman Republic

Hardback Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World

Edited by Jane DeRose Evans

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  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Format: Hardback | 746 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 250mm x 40mm | 1,540g
  • Publication date: 6 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Chicester
  • ISBN 10: 1405199660
  • ISBN 13: 9781405199667
  • Sales rank: 1,440,788

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A Companion to the Archaeology of the Roman Republic offers a diversity of perspectives to explore how differing approaches and methodologies can contribute to a greater understanding of the formation of the Roman Republic. * Brings together the experiences and ideas of archaeologists from around the world, with multiple backgrounds and areas of interest * Offers a vibrant exploration of the ways in which archaeological methods can be used to explore different elements of the Roman Republican period * Demonstrates that the Republic was not formed in a vacuum, but was influenced by non-Latin-speaking cultures from throughout the Mediterranean region * Enables archaeological thinking in this area to be made accessible both to a more general audience and as a valuable addition to existing discourse * Investigates the archaeology of the Roman Republican period with reference to material culture, landscape, technology, identity and empire

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Jane DeRose Evans is Professor of Art History at Temple University, where she is also affiliated with the Classics Department. She is the author of The Art of Persuasion: Political Propaganda from Aeneas to Brutus (1992) and The Joint Expedition to Caesarea Maritima: Excavation Reports v.6, The Coins and the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Economy of Palestine (2006).

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However, this does not detract from the overall achievement of the Companion, the scholarly content and impressive scope of which ensures that it will be of use to those studying a range of disciplines. (History & Archaeology, 1 October 2014) Recipient of a PROSE Awards 2013 Honorable Mention This collection punches well above the weight of most of similar editorial enterprises. D. E. has impressively succeeded in gathering a body of work that does justice both to the complexity of the material and the diversity of the scholarly debate ... Readers will encounter, as a rule, reliable and often insightful overviews of complex problems, with plenty of engagement with the ancient evidence and invaluable bibliographical information. (Journal of Classics Teaching, 1 June 2013)

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The role of archaeology has expanded over the past 30 years, and research now frequently overlaps with the work of ancient historians and classicists. "A Companion to the Archaeology of the Roman Republic" demonstrates how archaeological methods have been used to study the era of the Roman Republic, and the influences of non-Roman cultures on its formation. A collection of original essays by both emerging and established archaeologists with a wide range of nationalities and areas of interest, "A Companion to the Archaeology of the Roman Republic" reveals how differing approaches and methodologies contribute to an understanding of the Republic across the Mediterranean basin. Of interest both to archaeologists themselves, and to students of ancient history, art history and classics, it offers a diverse approach to a fascinating field.

Table of contents

List of Illustrations ix Notes on Contributors xiv Abbreviations xxi Preface xxii Introduction 1 Jane DeRose Evans PART I Material Culture and Its Impact on Social Configuration 13 1 Development of Baths and Public Bathing during the Roman Republic 15 Fikret K. Yegul 2 Public Entertainment Structures 33 Mantha Zarmakoupi 3 Republican Houses 50 Shelley Hales 4 Tombs and Funerary Monuments 67 Sylvia Diebner 5 Before Sigillata: Black-Gloss Pottery and Its Cultural Dimensions 81 Roman Roth 6 Amphoras and Shipwrecks: Wine from the Tyrrhenian Coast at the End of the Republic and Its Distribution in Gaul 97 Fanette Laubenheimer 7 Coins and the Archaeology of the Roman Republic 110 Jane DeRose Evans 8 Weapons and the Army 123 Andrew L. Goldman 9 Bodies of Evidence: Skeletal Analysis in Roman Greece and Cyprus 141 Susan Kirkpatrick Smith 10 Population and Demographic Studies 155 Elio Lo Cascio PART II Archaeology and the Landscape 167 11 Looking at Early Rome with Fresh Eyes: Transforming the Landscape 169 Albert J. Ammerman 12 Survey, Settlement and Land Use in Republican Italy 181 Helena Fracchia 13 Agriculture and the Environment of Republican Italy 198 Helen Goodchild 14 No Holiday Camp: The Roman Republican Army Camp as a Fine-Tuned Instrument of War 214 Michael Dobson 15 Reconstructing Religious Ritual in Italy 235 Alison B. Griffith PART III Archaeology and Ancient Technology 251 16 The Orientation of Towns and Centuriation 253 David Gilman Romano 17 Scientia in Republican Era Stone and Concrete Masonry 268 Marie D. Jackson and Cynthia K. Kosso 18 Aqueducts and Water Supply 285 A. Trevor Hodge 19 Roads and Bridges 296 Ray Laurence 20 Villas and Agriculture in Republican Italy 309 Jeffrey A. Becker 21 Ports 323 Steven L. Tuck PART IV The Archaeology of Identity 335 22 Material Culture, Italic Identities and the Romanization of Italy 337 Tesse D. Stek 23 The Importance of Being Elite: The Archaeology of Identity in Etruria (500 200) 354 P. Gregory Warden 24 Greeks, Lucanians and Romans at Poseidonia/Paestum (South Italy) 369 Maurizio Gualtieri 25 Central Apennine Italy: The Case of Samnium 387 Marlene Suano and Rafael Scopacasa 26 Early Rome and the Making of Roman Identity through Architecture and City Planning 406 Ingrid Edlund-Berry PART V The Archaeology of Empire during the Republic 427 27 Material Culture and Identity in the Late Roman Republic (c. 200 c. 20) 429 Miguel John Versluys 28 The Archaeology of Mid-Republican Rome: The Emergence of a Mediterranean Capital 441 Penelope J.E. Davies 29 The Late Republican City of Rome 459 Jane DeRose Evans 30 Cosa 472 Stephen L. Dyson 31 Becoming Roman Overseas? Sicily and Sardinia in the Later Roman Republic 485 R.J.A. Wilson 32 The Archaeology of Africa in the Roman Republic 505 David L. Stone 33 Hispania: From the Roman Republic to the Reign of Augustus 522 Isabel Roda 34 The Archaeology of Palestine in the Republican Period 540 J. Andrew Overman 35 Greece and the Roman Republic: Athens and Corinth from the Late Third Century to the Augustan Era 559 Michael C. Hoff PART VI Republican Archaeology and the Twenty-First Century 579 36 Computer Technologies and Republican Archaeology at Pompeii 581 Michael Anderson 37 Archaeology and Acquisition: The Experience of Republican Rome 598 Margaret M. Miles References 611 Index 711