Ostia in Late Antiquity
Ostia Antica was Rome's ancient harbor. Its houses and apartments, taverns and baths, warehouses, shops and temples have long contributed to a picture of daily life in ancient Rome. Recent investigations have revealed, however, that life in Ostia did not end with a bang but with a whimper. Only on the cusp of the Middle Ages did the town's residents entrench themselves in a smaller settlement outside the walls. What can this new evidence tell us about life in the later Roman Empire, as society navigated an increasingly Christian world? Ostia in Late Antiquity, the first academic study on Ostia to appear in English in almost 20 years and the first to treat the Late Antique period, tackles the dynamics of this transformative time. Drawing on new archaeological research, including the author's own, and incorporating both material and textual sources, it presents a social history of the town from the third through the ninth century.
- Electronic book text
- 05 Jul 2013
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- 57 b/w illus. 1 map
'... a very welcome development and begins to fill an important gap in the study of ancient Ostia. Boin skilfully weaves together material and textual evidence to show theories that Ostia experienced 'decline' or rapid Christianization in the third and fourth centuries are generally unfounded.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review 'In this compelling study, Boin eschews a catastrophic view of the transformation of Roman urban space during Late Antiquity in favor of a more nuanced and gradualist model ... By embracing nuance, and through his frank acknowledgement that both continuity and change characterized urban life in this period, Boin has produced a forceful riposte to the catastrophic school. Highly recommended. Graduate students/faculty.' G. I. Halfond, Choice 'This very readable and carefully edited book is dedicated to daily life in Rome's ancient harbour town of Ostia between c.AD 200 and 800. The content is rich and thought provoking ... [This book] will certainly interest a wide range of readers.' L. Bouke van der Meer, The Journal of Roman Studies
Table of contents
Part I. Background: 1. New approaches to daily life in Late Antique Ostia; 2. The new urban image of Rome's ancient harbor; Part II. Foreground: 3. The third century: Roman religions and the long reach of the emperor; 4. The fourth century: proud temples and resilient traditions; 5. The fifth century: history seen from the spaces in between; 6. The sixth and seventh centuries: a city in motion, shifting traditions.