Roman Architecture in Provence

Roman Architecture in Provence

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This book provides a survey of the architecture and urbanism of Provence during the Roman era. Provence, or 'Gallia Narbonensis' as the Romans called it, was one of the earliest Roman colonies in Western Europe. In this book, James C. Anderson, jr. examines the layout and planning of towns in the region, both those founded by the Romans and those redeveloped from native settlements. He provides an in-depth study of the chronology, dating and remains of every type of Roman building for which there is evidence in Provence. The stamp of Roman civilization is apparent today in such cities as Orange, Nimes and Arles, where spectacular remains of bridges, theaters, fora and temples attest to the sophisticated civilization that existed in this area during the imperial period and late antiquity. This book focuses on the remains of buildings that can still be seen, exploring decorative elements and their influence from Rome and local traditions, as well as their functions within the urban environment.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 155 b/w illus. 3 maps
  • 1139574817
  • 9781139574815

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'... bring[s] together a wealth of disparate and up-to-date material on the impressive architectural remains of Gallia Narbonensis ... a potentially useful text especially for undergraduate[s], who would not otherwise find this material easily accessible.' Janet DeLaine, The Journal of Roman Studies
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Table of contents

1. Historical overview: Roman Provence 'Provincia Nostra'; 2. The cities, suburbs, and towns of Roman Provence; 3. Roman architectural forms in Provence; 4. A brief conclusion.
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About Jr. James C. Anderson

James C. Anderson, jr. is the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Georgia. He has published numerous articles in journals including the American Journal of Archaeology, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and Bonner Jahrbucher. He is the author of Historical Topography of the Imperial Fora at Rome, Roman Brick Stamps: The Thomas Ashby Collection and Roman Architecture and Society.
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