Urban Space and Aristocratic Power in Late Antique Rome: AD 270-535

ISBN : 9780198835073

Carlos Machado
320 ページ
156 x 234 mm

Between 270 and 535 AD the city of Rome experienced dramatic changes. The once glorious imperial capital was transformed into the much humbler centre of western Christendom in a process that redefined its political importance, size, and identity. Urban Space and Aristocratic Power in Late Antique Rome examines these transformations by focusing on the city's powerful elite, the senatorial aristocracy, and exploring their involvement in a process of urban change that would mark the end of the ancient world and the birth of the Middle Ages in the eyes of contemporaries and modern scholars. It argues that the late antique history of Rome cannot be described as merely a product of decline; instead, it was a product of the dynamic social and cultural forces that made the city relevant at a time of unprecedented historical changes. Combining the city's unique literary, epigraphic, and archaeological record, the volume offers a detailed examination of aspects of city life as diverse as its administration, public building, rituals, housing, and religious life to show how the late Roman aristocracy gave a new shape and meaning to urban space, identifying itself with the largest city in the Mediterranean world to an extent unparalleled since the end of the Republican period.


List of Figures and Maps
List of Abbreviations and Editions Used
0 Introduction
Part 1: The Definition of Urban Space
1 Aristocrats, Imperial Institutions, and the Topography of Power
2 Building Late Antique Rome
Part 2: The Uses of Space
3 From Imperial Symbol to Senatorial Centre: The Roman Forum
4 Festivals, Ceremonies, and the Commemoration of Power
5 The Redefinition of Religious Life
Part 3: Domestic Spaces and the Privatization of Power
6 Senatorial Houses as Centres of Power
7 Aristocratic Power and Politics in the Domestic Sphere
8 Conclusion


Carlos Machado studied Ancient History in Niteroi and Sao Paulo, before obtaining a DPhil in Ancient History from the University of Oxford in 2006. He has held post-doctoral fellowships in Heidelberg and Sao Paulo, and lectured in Sao Paulo. He moved to St Andrews in 2015, where he is currently Senior Lecturer in Ancient History and director of the Centre for Late Antique Studies.