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Landscapes and Cities: Rural Settlement and Civic Transformation in Early Imperial Italy

John R. Patterson


The first two centuries AD are conventionally thought of as the ‘golden age’ of the Roman Empire, yet Italy in this period has often been seen as being in a state of decline and even crisis. This book investigates the relationships between city and countryside in Italy in the early Empire, using evidence from archaeology, literary texts, and inscriptions; it stresses the diversity of situations across Italy, with a focus on individual towns and regions as well as on the broader picture. Reviewing the wealth of data derived from archaeological field survey over recent years, it highlights the c ... More

Keywords: archaeological field survey, benefaction, civic traditions, crisis, elites, Italy, public building

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780198140887
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198140887.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John R. Patterson, author
Senior Lecturer in Classics, University of Cambridge
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