In Hospitals and Urbanism in Rome 1200 – 1500, Carla Keyvanian offers a new interpretation of the urban development of Rome during three seminal centuries by focusing on the construction of public hospitals. These monumental charitable institutions were urban expressions of sovereignty. Keyvanian traces the political reasons for their emergence and their architectural type in Europe around 1200. In Rome, hospitals ballasted the corporate image of social elites, aided in settling and garrisoning vital sectors and were the hubs around which strategies aimed at territorial control revolved. When the strategies faltered, the institutions were rapidly abandoned. Hospitals in areas of enduring significance instead still function, bearing testimony to the influence of late medieval urban interventions on modern Rome.
Carla Keyvanian, Ph.D., MIT, is Associate Professor of Architectural History at Auburn University. She has published articles on Roman urbanism and the representation of cities as well as on the historiography of architectural and urban history.
“readable and detailed […] the author convincingly ties the architectural history of hospitals to power and to urban planning and development in high and late medieval Rome.”
Philip Gavitt, Saint Louis University. In: Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 70, No. 4 (Winter 2017), pp. 1495-1497.
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PART I – BUILDING STATES:
ROME and EUROPE
Chapter 1 – Healing Forgiveness
Chapter 2 – The Borgo
Chapter 3 – Hospitals, Monasteries and Urban Control
PART II – CONQUERING A CITY:
ROME and LATIUM
Chapter 1 – Hospitals, Towers and Barons
Chapter 2 – The Lateran
Chapter 3 – The Papal Hospital: Santo Spirito in Sassia
Scholars, post-graduate students, and educated laymen interested in the history of Rome, medieval urbanism, the relationship between politics and urbanism, and architectural history especially concerning civic architecture.