(Re)using Ruins: Public Building in the Cities of the Late Antique West, A.D. 300-600


In (Re)using Ruins, Douglas Underwood presents a new account of the use and reuse of Roman urban public monuments in a crucial period of transition, A.D. 300-600. Commonly seen as a period of uniform decline for public building, especially in the western half of the Mediterranean, (Re)using Ruins shows a vibrant, yet variable, history for these structures.
Douglas Underwood establishes a broad catalogue of archaeological evidence (supplemented with epigraphic and literary testimony) for the construction, maintenance, abandonment and reuses of baths, aqueducts, theatres, amphitheatres and circuses in Italy, southern Gaul, Spain, and North Africa, demonstrating that the driving force behind the changes to public buildings was largely a combined shift in urban ideologies and euergetistic practices in Late Antique cities.

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Douglas Underwood, Ph.D. (2015), University of St Andrews, is an independent scholar, focusing on Roman and late antique urbanism. He has published articles and book chapters on aspects of that research including spolia, fortifications and public monuments.
"This book is innovative and underlines transformations in the late antique Mediterranean area. Its approach to reuse is rich, full of nuance, and based on a subtle analysis of all archaeological data. [...] There is no doubt this book will become a reference for the evolutionary processes of public buildings during Late Antiquity". Blaise Pichon, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review , 13.07.2020.
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Methods and Structure: Coverage
 Methods and Structure: Approach and Evidence
 Methods and Structure: Definitions

1 Late Antiquity and the City
Historical Background
 Urban Evolutions in Late Antiquity

2 Baths, Aqueducts and Water
Early Imperial Baths and Aqueducts
 Baths in Late Antiquity
 Aqueducts in Late Antiquity
 Trends and Causes

3 Spectacle Buildings
 Early Imperial Spectacle Buildings
 Spectacle Buildings in Late Antiquity
 Trends and Causes

4 Reuse and Public Buildings
 Past Study
 Reuse in the Early Empire
 Conceptualising and Categorising Reuse
 The Reuse of Public Architecture in the Late Antique West,  ca.300–600
 Overall Trends 165
 Reuse and the Late Antique City

5 Analysis and Discussion
 Explanations for the Demise and Reuse of this Group of Public
 Public Buildings and the Late Antique City


Appendix I: Timeline of Dates and Events

Appendix II: Benefaction in the Western Empire

Appendix III: Tables

 Ancient Textual Editions
 Modern Sources

This is aimed at a specialist and advanced student audience interested in the history and development of Roman cities in late antiquity, or public monuments and their reuse in this period.
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