Written Space in the Latin West, 200 BC to AD 300

Written Space in the Latin West, 200 BC to AD 300


Edited by Peter Keegan, Edited by Ray Laurence, Edited by Gareth Sears

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  • Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Hardback | 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 236mm x 22mm | 600g
  • Publication date: 12 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1441123040
  • ISBN 13: 9781441123046
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Illustrations note: 25 illus
  • Sales rank: 1,796,779

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This volume explores the creation of 'written spaces' through the accretion of monumental inscriptions and non-official graffiti in the Latin-speaking West between c.200 BC and AD 300. The shift to an epigraphic culture demonstrates new mentalities regarding the use of language, the relationship between local elites and the population, and between local elites and the imperial power. The creation of both official and non-official inscriptions is one of the most recognisable facets of the Roman city. The chapters of this book consider why urban populations created these written spaces and how these spaces in turn affected those urban civilisations. They also examine how these inscriptions interacted to create written spaces that could inculcate a sense of 'Roman-ness' into urban populations whilst also acting as a means of differentiating communities from each other. The volume includes new approaches to the study of political entities, social institutions, graffiti and painting, and the differing trajectories of written spaces in the cities of Roman Africa, Italy, Spain and Gaul.

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Author information

Gareth Sears is lecturer in Roman History at the University of Birmingham, UK. Peter Keegan is a Senior Lecturer in Roman History at Macquarie University, Australia. Ray Laurence is Professor of Roman History and Archaeology at the University of Kent, UK.

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Table of contents

1. 'Written Space' - Laurence and Sears 2. Writing In Roman Public Space - Corbier 3. Writing In Public Space: The Meaning of Graffiti - Laurence and Senna-Garrafoni 4. The Political Graffiti of the Late Roman Republic - Hillard 5. Slaves and Children in a Roman Villa: Writing and Space in the Villa di San Marco at Stabiae - Laurence, Baldwin and Moulden 6. Convergence and Commentary: Writing at the Locus Celeberrimus -Newsome 7. Reconstructing the Epigraphic Culture of Funerary Space in the Roman City - Keegan 8. Looking at Inscriptions in Roman Baths - Cooley 9. Text, Space, and Movement: Discovering the Platea in Epigraphy - Trifilo 10. Inscribed in the City: How Did Women Enter Written Space? - Hemelrijk 11. Calendars: Time in Written Spaces - Hannah 12. A New Era? The Function of Severan Inscriptions in Africa - Sears 13. The City as Preferred Epigraphic Space: The Case of Aquitania - Esmonde-Cleary 14. Writing Politics in the Western Mediterranean - Revell 15. Afterword - Keegan.