The Aurelian Wall and the Refashioning of Imperial Rome, AD 271–855

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 7, 2011 - Social Science
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This book explores the relationship between the city of Rome and the Aurelian Wall during the six centuries following its construction in the 270s AD, a period when the city changed and contracted almost beyond recognition, as it evolved from imperial capital into the spiritual center of Western Christendom. The Wall became the single most prominent feature in the urban landscape, a dominating presence which came bodily to incarnate the political, legal, administrative, and religious boundaries of urbs Roma, even as it reshaped both the physical contours of the city as a whole and the mental geographies of 'Rome' that prevailed at home and throughout the known world. With the passage of time, the circuit took on a life of its own as the embodiment of Rome's past greatness, a cultural and architectural legacy that dwarfed the quotidian realities of the post-imperial city as much as it shaped them.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Toward an architectural history of the Aurelian Wall from its beginnings through the ninth century
12
the logistical dynamics of a nearly interminable project
71
the Aurelian Wall and the late Roman state
110
the rise of a topographical institution
160
5 Sacred geography interrupted
209
6 The Wall and the Republic of St Peter
241
Conclusion
279
Numerical data
283
The fourth century revisited the problem of Maxentius
285
The postHonorian additions to the Porta Appia and other fifth and sixthcentury construction
292
The Aurelian Wall and the refashioning of the western tip of the Campus Martius
304
The Pons Agrippae and the Pons Aureli a tale of two bridges
310
Bibliography
315
Index
353
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Hendrik W. Dey is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at Hunter College in the City University of New York. He is co-editor with E. Fentress of Western Monasticism ante litteram: The Spaces of Monastic Observance in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (2010).

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