Rome and the Colonial City: Rethinking the Grid [Hardback]

Sofia Greaves (Editor); Andrew Wallace-Hadrill (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781789257809 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: Impact of the Ancient City | Volume: 3 | Publication: March 2022 | Language: English 240p, H240 x W170 (mm) B/w and colour
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Rome and the Colonial City


According to one narrative that received almost canonical status a century ago with Francis Haverfield, the orthogonal grid was the most important development of ancient town planning, embodying values of civilisation in contrast to barbarism, diffused in particular by hundreds of Roman colonial foundations. Its main legacy to subsequent urban development was the model of the grid city, spread across the New World in new colonial cities.

This book explores the shortcomings of that all too colonialist narrative and offers new perspectives. It explores the ideals articulated both by ancient city founders and their modern successors; looks at new evidence for Roman colonial foundations to reassess their aims; and considers the many ways post-Roman urbanism looked back to the Roman model with a constant re-appropriation of the idea of the Roman.

Table of Contents

Andrew Wallace-Hadrill and Sofia Greaves
Part I. City planning and ideals of the city
1. Greek colonies and ideals of equality
Irad Malkin
2. Vitruvius’ ideal city and its reception
Andrew Wallace-Hadrill
3. Urban ideals in the medieval world: spatial order, ruling the realm and the design of towns under Edward I
Keith Lilley
4. The making of men and cities: Francesc Eiximenis and urban development
Sam Ottewill-Soulsby
5. The grid enframed: mapping the enframings of the American Grid
Reuben Rose-Redwood
Part 2. Roman Colonization and urban experimentation
6. L’esperimento dell’imperfezione: la pratica dell’insediamento urbano in Emilia Romagna tra sviluppo spontaneo, piano regolatore e re-editing postantico
Alessia Morigi
7. The long-term aspects of urban foundation in the cities of Africa Proconsularis
Andrew Dufton
8. From Falerii to Aldborough
Martin Millett
9. Late antique new cities
Efthymios Rizos
10. Foundational grids and urban communities in the Iberian peninsula in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
Javier Martínez Jiménez
Part 3. The impact of the Roman urban model
11. From Potentia to Porto Recanati: the Roman coastal colony and its modern legacy
Frank Vermeulen
12. New towns of the 12th–14th centuries and the grid plan
Wim Boerefijn
13. Re-imagining the grid in the 19th century. To be, or not to be Rome
Sofia Greaves
14. Searching for Rome: French colonial archaeology and urban planning in Morocco
Said Ennahid
15. Planning the colonial capital: Khartoum and New Delhi
Robin Cormack  
16. Roma rediviva: the uses of Roman heritage in Fascist-era urbanism
Aristotle Kallis

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