E. E. Poehler, The Traffic Systems of Pompeii

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Eric E. Poehler, The Traffic Systems of Pompeii, Oxford-New York, 2017.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
288 pages
ISBN : 9780190614676
55 £


The Traffic Systems of Pompeii is the first sustained examination of the development of road infrastructure in Pompeii—from the archaic age to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE—and its implications for urbanism in the Roman empire. Eric E. Poehler, an authority on Pompeii's uniquely preserved urban structure, distills over five hundred instances of street-level "wear and tear" to reveal for the first time the rules of the ancient road. From his analysis of curbstones, cobbled surfaces, and ruts emerge the intricacies of the Pompeian traffic system and the changes to its operation over time. Though archaeological expertise forms the backbone of this book, its findings have equally important historical and architectural implications. Later chapters probe the impact of design and infrastructure on social roles and hierarchies among property owners in Pompeii, illuminating the economic forces that push and pull upon the shape of urban space. The final chapters set the road system into its broader context as one major infrastructural and administrative artifact of the Roman empire's deeply urban culture. Where does Pompeii's system fit within the history of Roman traffic control? Is it unique for its innovation, or only for the preservation that permitted its discovery? Poehler marshals evidence from across the Roman world to examine these questions. His measured and thoroughly researched answers make this study a critical step forward in our understanding of infrastructure in the ancient world.

Table of Contents:
List of Figures
List of Tables
Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Development of Pompeii's Urban Street Network
Chapter Three: Surfaces of the Streetl
Chapter Four: Architecture of the Street
Chapter Five: Evidence of Traffic
Chapter Six: The Traffic Systems of Pompeii
Chapter 7: World of the Mulio
Chapter Eight: Traffic in the Roman World
Chapter Nine: Conclusion



Source : Oxford University Press