Water and Roman Urbanism

Towns, Waterscapes, Land Transformation and Experience in Roman Britain


Water and Roman Urbanism: Towns, Waterscapes, Land Transformation and Experience in Roman Britain offers a new perspective for investigating Roman settlement and how urban spaces were created and experienced by focusing on the relationship between settlement and water and the meanings attributed to these places. Rather than a descriptive approach to the urban fabric it emphasises social context and cultural meaning through interpretative frameworks of analysis. Central are the cultural and experiential implications of water forming part of towns, rather than economic and practical arguments, and the way in which these places were used and altered over time. The book emphasises a social approach and has considerable implications for our understanding of life in the Roman period as a whole.

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Adam Rogers, Ph.D. (2009), University of Durham, has recently completed a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Leicester, and specialises in Roman archaeology. He has published Late Roman Towns in Britain: Rethinking Change and Decline (Cambridge, 2011) and numerous articles.
"[This book] effectively challenges the overly positivist interpretive regimes in which Roman urbanism in Britain has been previously understood and demonstrates that human relationships to water, with particular emphasis on urban environments, are contingent and socially mediated beyond desires to rationalize and maximize." Eric E. Poehler, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2014.04.18.
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Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Five Urban Waterscapes
Chapter 3 Rivers, lakes and islands: towns, changing waterscapes and geography
Chapter 4 Waterfronts: the land/water interface and the construction of waterfront installations
Chapter 5 Wetlands: the materiality of land drainage and reclamation in towns
Chapter 6 Conclusions: towns, water and people

All interested in Roman archaeology, Roman and Iron Age Britain, Roman urbanism, the Roman Empire and Roman history. Also of value to those interested in urban, landscape and theoretical archaeology.
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