Origins of the Colonnaded Streets in the Cities of the Roman East by Ross BurnsOrigins of the Colonnaded Streets in the Cities of the Roman East by Ross Burns

Origins of the Colonnaded Streets in the Cities of the Roman East

byRoss Burns

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The colonnaded axes define the visitor's experience of many of the great cities of the Roman East. How did this extraordinarily bold tool of urban planning evolve? The street, instead of remaining a mundane passage, a convenient means of passing from one place to another, was in the course oflittle more than a century transformed in the Eastern provinces into a monumental landscape which could in one sweeping vision encompass the entire city. The colonnaded axes became the touchstone by which cities competed for status in the Eastern Empire. Though adopted as a sign of cities' prosperity under the Pax Romana, they were not particularly "Roman" in their origin. Rather, they reflected the inventiveness, fertility of ideas and the dynamicrole of civic patronage in the Eastern provinces in the first two centuries under Rome.This study will concentrate on the convergence of ideas behind these great avenues, examining over fifty sites in an attempt to work out the sequence in which ideas developed across a variety of regions-from North Africa around to Asia Minor. It will look at the phenomenon in the context of theconsolidation of Roman rule.
Ross Burns is Adjunct Professor at Macquarie University, Sydney. He graduated in History and Archaeology from Sydney University, 1966 and spent 37 years in the Australian Foreign Service including posts as Ambassador in the Middle East, South Africa and Greece. Since 2003, he hascompleted a PhD at Macquarie University in Sydney (2009) ...
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Title:Origins of the Colonnaded Streets in the Cities of the Roman EastFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:July 8, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPART A - ARCHITECTURAL TRADITIONS1. The Hellenistic city in the Eastern context2. Alexandria-'View Planning' Embraces the City3. Greek and Roman Precedents in the Early Empire4. Framework for the Development of Cities in the Early Years of the Roman presencePART B - EVOLUTION OF THE COLONNADED AXIS5. Provincial Cities in the Early Empire6. Urban Development in Practice-Client Kings7. Urban Development in Practice-Province of Syria8. Urban Development in Practice-Asia Minor and North Africa9. The New Environment of the Early Second Century10. The Colonnaded Axis Reaches its Peak11. Antonines and Severans-End of User Pays?12. A Singular ExperimentConclusion-Seeing the City as a WholeAppendix 1 - Results of the American-French Excavations in AntiochAppendix 2 - Table of Roman-era Cities and Colonnaded Streets Discussed