City and Country in the Ancient World

City and Country in the Ancient World

City and Country in the Ancient World

City and Country in the Ancient World


The ancient Greco-Roman world was a world of citie, in a distinctive sense of communities in which countryside was dominated by urban centre.This volume of papers written by influential archaeologists and historians seeks to bring together the two disciplines in exploring the city-country relationship.


This volume, like its predecessor Patronage in Ancient Society, is the result of a series of seminars jointly organised by the Classics Departments of Leicester and Nottingham Universities. 'The Ancient City' was chosen as the theme of the seminar series, which ran over two academic years, between 1986 and 1988. In addition to the seminars, which meet in both centres, two conferences were held at Nottingham, on 'City and Country in the Ancient World' (1987) and 'The City in Late Antiquity' (1988). These conferences promoted a lively exchange, particularly between archaeologists and ancient historians, and it was felt that each of them would make a good core for a volume of papers.

The present volume contains substantially revised versions of a selection of papers from the 1987 conference, together with others from the seminars that cohered with the theme. The first five papers are concerned with archaic and classical Greece, the last six with the Roman world. There is no attempt at complete chronological or geographical coverage. Approaches differ considerably, some more archaeological, some more text-based, some more concerned with problems of methodology and some with model-building. But all represent attempts to come to a better understanding of the towncountry nexus that characterises 'the ancient city' and that lies at the heart of Greco-Roman civilisation.

The editors are grateful to many who have assisted in the production of this book, and in particular the following: the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies which gave a generous grant towards the costs of the seminar series; to Jan Hamilton of the Classics Department at Nottingham for help with sub-editing; to Jo Wallace-Hadrill for translating Mireille Corbier's chapter from French; to Adrienne Edwards of the Classics Department at Nottingham for assistance with the administration of the conferences and seminars and to Sybil Lowery and Pella Beaven of the Classics Department at Reading for skill and patience in rising to the challenges of computer-typesetting.


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