Ostia: Aspects of Roman City Life

Ostia: Aspects of Roman City Life

Ostia: Aspects of Roman City Life

Ostia: Aspects of Roman City Life

Synopsis

Gustav Hermansen provides a basis for constructive debate on the social and economic life of the Roman city of Ostia. Ostia unveils ancient social history, architecture, city planning, and community life, and is complete with extensive floor plans, photographs, and line drawings.

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Ostia has many enemies: sun, rain, weeds, hay cutting, vandals, and marauding souvenir hunters. Owing to these enemies, many of the delicate details that can tell about past activities carried out in the excavated houses are in full decay. Several interesting details that could be observed earlier have now disappeared completely. Unfortunately, this humble ephemeral material of Ostia does not appeal to scholars as much as things that are here forever, such as marble sculptures, mosaics, and capitals, and consequently, Ostia is only sparingly published. Yet this material needs faster attention than anything else.

The excavations from 1938-42 were a kind of archaeological blitzkrieg, of which the records and observations, contained . . .

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