The population of ancient Rome at its peak exceeded that of any previous western city, or any that came after it until the Industrial Revolution. The requirements for its running - to keep the inhabitants fed and provided with water, drainage and entertainment, to enable the people to move about freely and in relative safety, to facilitate a reasonable harmony with their neighbours meant that a pragmatic system of administrative law was needed. This book describes the legal aspects of urbanism, of the functioning of Rome as a city. O.F. Robinson begins by introducing the purely physical aspect of Rome - its populations and boundaries. An overview of town planning is followed by an in-depth treatment of building and controls, public works, streets and traffic. The Tiber, the main river in Rome, was central to life in the city. Its bridges and sewers, its employment as a transport system, its relationship to the water supply, and its other uses are discussed in detail. This provides the background for an analysis of public health and safety. Additionally, the book focuses on services such as food distribution, entertainment such as the theatre and gladiatorial games, and the forces of law and order. The book contains a large fold-out map of Ancient Rome, especially drawn for this volume.
O. F. Robinson
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01 September 1994
Further / Higher Education
Introduction: Limitations of Space and Time 1. The Physical City 2. Town Planning: The Long View Chapter 3. Building Controls 4. Public Buildings and Public Works 5. Streets and Thoroughfares 6. The Tiber 7. Water and Fire 8. Public Health and Safety 9. Control of Services 10. Feeding the City 11. Shows and Spectacles 12. The Forces of Law and Order 13. Public Order 14. Loose Ends Bibliography
Reviews for Ancient Rome: City Planning and Administration
[Robinson] convincingly concludes that the policies of Roman local government aimed at maintaining social stability, and we finish the book with renewed awe for the thorough Roman practicality promoting this stability and Rome's other achievements. - The Classical Outlook This extremely useful book appears to be equally well suited for the generalist reader with an appetite for concise information and as a textbook for courses concerned with Roman Administration. The text is easily readable and lavishly annotated, with indices and a handy fold-out map of Imperial Rome. - Classical World