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The colonnaded axes define the visitor s experience of many of the great cities of the Roman East How did this extraordinarily bold tool of urban planning evolve The street, instead of remaining a mundane passage, a convenient means of passing from one place to another, was in the course of little than a century transformed in the Eastern provinces into a monumental landscape which could in one sweeping vision encompass the entire city The colonnaded axes became the touchstone by which cities competed for status in the Eastern Empire Though adopted as a sign of cities prosperity under the Pax Romana, they were not particularly Roman in their origin Rather, they reflected the inventiveness, fertility of ideas and the dynamic role of civic patronage in the Eastern provinces in the first two centuries under Rome.This study will concentrate on the convergence of ideas behind these great avenues, examining over fifty sites in an attempt to work out the sequence in which ideas developed across a variety of regions from North Africa around to Asia Minor It will look at the phenomenon in the context of the consolidation of Roman rule....

Title : Origins of the Colonnaded Streets in the Cities of the Roman East
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ISBN : 0198784546
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Oxford University Press 1 edition August 8, 2017
Number of Pages : 432 pages
File Size : 863 KB
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