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Rome in Late AntiquityEveryday Life and Urban Change, AD 312-609$
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Bertrand Lancon

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780748612390

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612390.001.0001

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Transforming the city’s image

Transforming the city’s image

(p.17) Chapter 2 Transforming the city’s image
Rome in Late Antiquity

Menno Fenger

Paul Henman

Edinburgh University Press

Architectural and epigraphic remains are not the only sources to picture Rome in late antiquity. In addition, there are descriptive pieces found in literary texts and the regionary catalogues. Curiosum urbis Romae and Notitia regionum give a detailed catalogue of the city's buildings and curiosities. Known to be the oldest of the city's forums and endowed with the most ancient remains, the Roman Forum is none the less rich in evidence of late antiquity. The temple of Jupiter Tonans standing on the rooftops of the temples seemed to be dancing amid the clouds. Meanwhile, each region possessed modest bathing establishments, but one could also go to the big public baths built by the emperors. The Colosseum, the biggest in the Roman world, was an outstanding focal point of urban society.

Keywords:   Rome, literary texts, catalogues, Curiosum urbis Romae, Notitia regionum, forums, temple, Jupiter Tonans, public baths, Colosseum

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