The Moving City

Author : Ida Ostenberg
ISBN : 9781472534491
Genre : History
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The Moving City: Processions, Passages and Promenades in Ancient Rome focusses on movements in the ancient city of Rome, exploring the interaction between people and monuments. Representing a novel approach to the Roman cityscape and culture, and reflecting the shift away from the traditional study of single monuments into broader analyses of context and space, the volume reveals both how movement adds to our understanding of ancient society, and how the movement of people and goods shaped urban development. Covering a wide range of people, places, sources, and times, the volume includes a survey of Republican, imperial, and late antique movement, triumphal processions of conquering generals, seditious, violent movement of riots and rebellion, religious processions and rituals and the everyday movements of individual strolls or household errands. By way of its longue durée, dense location and the variety of available sources, the city of ancient Rome offers a unique possibility to study movements as expressions of power, ritual, writing, communication, mentalities, trade, and ? also as a result of a massed populace ? violent outbreaks and attempts to keep order. The emerging picture is of a bustling, lively society, where cityscape and movements are closely interactive and entwined.
Category: History

Performance Memory And Processions In Ancient Rome

Author : Jacob A. Latham
ISBN : 9781316692424
Genre : History
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The pompa circensis, the procession which preceded the chariot races in the arena, was both a prominent political pageant and a hallowed religious ritual. Traversing a landscape of memory, the procession wove together spaces and institutions, monuments and performers, gods and humans into an image of the city, whose contours shifted as Rome changed. In the late Republic, the parade produced an image of Rome as the senate and the people with their gods - a deeply traditional symbol of the city which was transformed during the empire when an imperial image was built on top of the republican one. In late antiquity, the procession fashioned a multiplicity of Romes: imperial, traditional, and Christian. In this book, Jacob A. Latham explores the webs of symbolic meanings in the play between performance and itinerary, tracing the transformations of the circus procession from the late Republic to late antiquity.
Category: History

Triumphs In The Age Of Civil War

Author : Carsten Hjort Lange
ISBN : 9781474267854
Genre : History
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Many of the wars of the Late Republic were largely civil conflicts. There was, therefore, a tension between the traditional expectation that triumphs should be celebrated for victories over foreign enemies and the need of the great commanders to give full expression to their prestige and charisma, and to legitimize their power. Triumphs in the Age of Civil War rethinks the nature and the character of the phenomenon of civil war during the Late Republic. At the same time it focuses on a key feature of the Roman socio-political order, the triumph, and argues that a commander could in practice expect to triumph after a civil war victory if it could also be represented as being over a foreign enemy, even if the principal opponent was clearly Roman. Significantly, the civil aspect of the war did not have to be denied. Carsten Hjort Lange provides the first study to consider the Roman triumph during the age of civil war, and argues that the idea of civil war as "normal" reflects the way civil war permeated the politics and society of the Late Roman Republic.
Category: History

The Archaeology Of Sanitation In Roman Italy

Author : Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow
ISBN : 9781469621296
Genre : History
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The Romans developed sophisticated methods for managing hygiene, including aqueducts for moving water from one place to another, sewers for removing used water from baths and runoff from walkways and roads, and public and private latrines. Through the archeological record, graffiti, sanitation-related paintings, and literature, Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow explores this little-known world of bathrooms and sewers, offering unique insights into Roman sanitation, engineering, urban planning and development, hygiene, and public health. Focusing on the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Ostia, and Rome, Koloski-Ostrow's work challenges common perceptions of Romans' social customs, beliefs about health, tolerance for filth in their cities, and attitudes toward privacy. In charting the complex history of sanitary customs from the late republic to the early empire, Koloski-Ostrow reveals the origins of waste removal technologies and their implications for urban health, past and present.
Category: History

A Companion To Roman Art

Author : Barbara E. Borg
ISBN : 9781405192880
Genre : Art
File Size : 49.60 MB
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A Companion to Roman Art encompasses various artistic genres, ancient contexts, and modern approaches for a comprehensive guide to Roman art. Offers comprehensive and original essays on the study of Roman art Contributions from distinguished scholars with unrivalled expertise covering a broad range of international approaches Focuses on the socio-historical aspects of Roman art, covering several topics that have not been presented in any detail in English Includes both close readings of individual art works and general discussions Provides an overview of main aspects of the subject and an introduction to current debates in the field
Category: Art

The Architecture Of The Roman Triumph

Author : Maggie L. Popkin
ISBN : 9781316578032
Genre : Art
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This book offers the first critical study of the architecture of the Roman triumph, ancient Rome's most important victory ritual. Through case studies ranging from the republican to imperial periods, it demonstrates how powerfully monuments shaped how Romans performed, experienced, and remembered triumphs and, consequently, how Romans conceived of an urban identity for their city. Monuments highlighted Roman conquests of foreign peoples, enabled Romans to envision future triumphs, made triumphs more memorable through emotional arousal of spectators, and even generated distorted memories of triumphs that might never have occurred. This book illustrates the far-reaching impact of the architecture of the triumph on how Romans thought about this ritual and, ultimately, their own place within the Mediterranean world. In doing so, it offers a new model for historicizing the interrelations between monuments, individual and shared memory, and collective identities.
Category: Art

Asconius Commentaries On Five Speeches Of Cicero

Author : Simon Squires
ISBN : 9780865162204
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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Students and scholars of Latin, history, and literature will find this to be an outstanding book that offers insights into the lives of Cicero and Asconius, as well as a fascinating look at Rome in the first century B.C. Commentaries by Asconius are included with the text and translation of these speeches by Cicero: In Pisonem, Pro Scauro, Pro Milone, Pro Cornelio, and In Toga Candida.
Category: Foreign Language Study

War As Spectacle

Author : Anastasia Bakogianni
ISBN : 9781472524539
Genre : History
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War as Spectacle examines the display of armed conflict in classical antiquity and its impact in the modern world. The contributors address the following questions: how and why was war conceptualized as a spectacle in our surviving ancient Greek and Latin sources? How has this view of war been adapted in post-classical contexts and to what purpose? This collection of essays engages with the motif of war as spectacle through a variety of theoretical and methodological pathways and frameworks. They include the investigation of the portrayal of armed conflict in ancient Greek and Latin Literature, History and Material Culture, as well as the reception of these ancient narratives and models in later periods in a variety of media. The collection also investigates how classical models contribute to contemporary debates about modern wars, including the interrogation of propaganda and news coverage. Embracing an interdisciplinary approach to the study of ancient warfare and its impact, the volume looks at a variety of angles and perspectives, including visual display and its exploitation for political capital, the function of internal and external audiences, ideology and propaganda and the commentary on war made possible by modern media. The reception of the theme in other cultures and eras demonstrates its continued relevance and the way antiquity is used to justify as well as to critique later conflicts.
Category: History

Kivy Cookbook

Author : Hugo Solis
ISBN : 9781783987399
Genre : Computers
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Enhance your skills in developing multi-touch applications with Kivy About This Book Create most diverse apps and learn how to distribute them with the help of the Kivy framework Explore Kivy API to develop user interfaces and control multi-touch events Step-by-step recipes that provide deeper understanding of the Kivy 1.9.0 framework Build and use your own events, widgets and gestures using features and tools in Kivy Who This Book Is For This book is intended for developers who want to use features of the Kivy framework and develop multi-touch applications. Prior experience with Kivy is not required, although familiarity with Python is expected. What You Will Learn Access widgets defined inside Kv language in your Python code Handle Kivy events to control widgets, touches, the mouse, the keyboard, and animations Recognize touch shapes and detecting multi-tapping Create custom events and declare properties Organizing your layouts while working with the ActionBar Store and retrieve the coordinate space context Create your own shader and render in a framebuffer Leverage Factory objects, multi-touch in iOS and multi-touch in Android In Detail Kivy is an open-source Python library for rapid development of applications that make use of innovative user interfaces, such as multi-touch apps. It is a promising Python framework to develop UI and UX apps in a cross-platform environment, under the Python philosophy. Kivy Cookbook is a practical book that will guide you through the Kivy framework to develop apps and get your apps ready for distribution in App Store and Android devices. You will start off with installing Kivy and building your interfaces. You will learn how to work the accelerometer and create custom events. Then, you will understand how to use the basics, buttons, labels and text inputs and manipulate the widget tree. Next, you will be able to work with manipulating instructions, create an atlas and layouts. Moving on, you will learn packing for Windows and packing for iOS, and use TestDrive. By the end of the book, you will have learnt in detail the relevant features and tools in Kivy and how to create portable packages to distribute your apps in the most used platforms. Style and approach This is an easy-to-follow practical guide packed with graspable recipes that cover important tasks to be performed while developing multi-touch applications with Kivy. All the code used in each recipe is explained in detail.
Category: Computers

Pliny The Younger

Author : Rex Winsbury
ISBN : 9781472510280
Genre : History
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Pliny the Younger who lived c. 100 AD, left a large collection of letters, thanks to which we know him better than almost any other Roman. He is best known as witness to the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 that destroyed Pompeii, and for his dealings with the early Christians when a regional governor. He was not an emperor or general, but a famous lawyer of his time specialising in private finance and later a senior state official specialising in public finance. His life straddled both a 'bad'; emperor (Domitian) and a 'good'; emperor (Trajan), so his life and letters are relevant to perennial political questions like how an honourable man could serve an absolute autocracy such as Rome, and how justice could live alongside power. His letters also give a unique insight into social, literary and domestic life among the wealthy upper classes of the empire. He knew most of the famous writers of his time, and wrote love letters to his wife. But there are serious controversies about how honest and truthful a man he was - did he use his letters to rewrite history (his own history) and cover up questionable aspects of his career? This general biographical account of Pliny is the first of its kind and covers all aspects of his life in a systematic way. This accessible title tackles key issues including his political anxieties and issues, his relationship with women and his literary style in a roughly chronological order. It covers his life as a lawyer, both in private practice and in state prosecutions, his literary circle, his career in state office and his working relationships with two very different emperors, his background, his property and his family life.
Category: History