The Urban Image of Augustan Rome

The Urban Image of Augustan Rome

By (author) Diane Favro

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The Urban Image of Augustan Rome examines the idea and experience of the ancient city at a critical moment, when Rome became an Imperial capital. Lacking dignity, unity, and a clear image during the Republic, the urban image of Rome became focused only when the state came under the control of Augustus, the first emperor, who transformed the city physically and conceptually. Intervening in an ad hoc manner, he repaired existing public structures, added numerous new monuments, established municipal offices for urban care, and promoted an enduring aesthetic. Directed by a single vision, the cumulative results were forceful and unified. This book explores for the first time the motives for urban intervention, methods for implementation and the socio-political context of the Augustan period, as well as broader design issues such as formal urban strategies and definitions of urban imagery.

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  • Paperback | 372 pages
  • 202 x 250 x 30mm | 997.9g
  • 01 Mar 2010
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 116 b/w illus.
  • 0521646650
  • 9780521646659
  • 1,070,927

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..".a refreshing change from traditional scholarship.... Favro's points are clearly presented.... ...this handsome volume...will be enjoyed by students of Augustan Rome as well as of the history of urban planning." Ann Thomas Wilkins, Classical World

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The Urban Image of Augustan Rome examines the idea and experience of the ancient city at a critical moment, when Rome became an Imperial capital. Lacking dignity, unity, and a clear image during the Republic, the urban image of Rome became focused only when the state came under the control of Augustus, the first emperor, who transformed the city physically and conceptually.

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