The Impact of the Roman Empire on Landscapes

Proceedings of the Fourteenth Workshop of the International Network Impact of Empire (Mainz, June 12-15, 2019)


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This volume presents the results of the fourteenth workshop of the international network 'Impact of Empire'. It focuses on the ways in which Rome's dominance influenced, changed, and created landscapes, and examines in which ways (Roman) landscapes were narrated and semantically represented. To assess the impact of Rome on landscapes, some of the twenty contributions in this volume analyse functions and implications of newly created infrastructure. Others focus on the consequences of colonisation processes, settlement structures, regional divisions, and legal qualifications of land. Lastly, some contributions consider written and pictorial representations and their effects. In doing so, the volume offers new insights into the notion of ‘Roman landscapes’ and examines their significance for the functioning of the Roman empire.
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Marietta Horster is professor of Ancient History at the University of Mainz and director of Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum (Berlin). She has published on the cultural and intellectual history of the Roman imperial period and late antiquity and on Greek religious history and cult-related institutions, including Landbesitz griechischer Heiligtümer (De Gruyter, 2004).
Nikolas Hächler is an associated researcher at the Department of History at the University of Zurich. His research focuses on administration and organisation of the Roman and Byzantine empire. He has published on the history of the senatorial order during the 3rd century CE (Brill, 2019).

Contributors are: Rémi Auvertin, Francesco Bono, Camilla Campedelli, Filippo Carlà-Uhink, Christopher Chinn, Xavier Deru, Silke Diederich, Sergio España-Chamorro, Anne Gangloff, Nikolas Hächler, Marietta Horster, Saskia Kerschbaum, Isabel Köster, Anne Kolb, Sabine Lefebvre, Fernando Lozano, Del A. Maticic, Elena Muñiz Grijalvo, Günther Schörner, Abigail Walker, Eli Weaverdyck.
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Part 1: Introducing Roman Landscapes

1 Le regard du vainqueur?
Nikolas Hächler and Marietta Horster

2 Heterogeneous Landscapes: From Theory to Impact
Marietta Horster

Part 2: What Have the Romans Ever Done for Them?

3 Redacta in formam provinciae: Überlegungen zu Rolle Und Funktion der viae publicae
Anne Kolb

4 The Impact of Roman Roads on Landscape and Space: The Case of Republican Italy
Filippo Carlà-Uhink

5 Engaging Landscapes, Connecting Provinces. Milestones and the Construction of Hispania at the Beginning of the Empire
Sergio España-Chamorro

6 The Impact of Roman Roads and Milestones on the Landscape of the Iberian Peninsula
Camilla Campedelli

7 Les milliaires tardifs, une réception particulière de l’autorité impériale. Un paysage particulier le long des voies de Lusitanie
Sabine Lefebvre

8 Romanization and Beyond: Aqueducts and Their Multilayered Impact on Political and Urban Landscapes in Roman Asia Minor
Saskia Kerschbaum

Part 3: Measuring the World à la romaine

9 Changing Landscapes Under Roman Impact: Interdisciplinary Research in Northern Etruria
Günther Schörner

10 Des territoires Celtiques aux cités Romaines en Gaule septentrionale
Xavier Deru et Rémi Auvertin

11 Adluvionum ea natura est, ut semper incerta possessio sit. Picturing and Regulating Alluvial Lands in Nov Theod. 20
Francesco Bono

12 Auxiliary Forts and Rural Economic Landscapes on the Northern Frontier
Eli J.S. Weaverdyck

13 Imperial Cult Processions and Landscape in the Greek Cities of the Roman Empire: The Case of The Demosthenia of Oenoanda
Elena Muñiz Grijalvo and Fernando Lozano

14 “Post hos nostra terra est”. Mapping the Late Roman Ecumene with the Expositio totius mundi et gentium
Nikolas Hächler

Part 4: The Semantics of Roman Landscape Representations

15 Making and Unmaking Roman Landscapes in Cicero and Caesar
Isabel K. Köster

16 Paysages et otium au debut du haut-empire
Anne Gangloff

17 The Landscape and Nature of the Cyclops in Campanian Wall-Painting
Abigail Walker

18 Hercules, Cacus, and the Poetics of Drains in Aeneid 8 and Propertius 4.9
Del A. Maticic

19 Empire and Italian Landscape in Statius: Silvae 4.3 and 4.5
Christopher M. Chinn

20 Empire and Landscape in the Tabula Peutingeriana
Silke Diederich

This publication will be of particular interest for institutions promoting Greek and Roman studies and for scholars and students of classical and archaeological studies, who explore the Roman Empire.
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