Every day Roman urbanites took to the street for myriad tasks, from hawking vegetables and worshipping local deities to simply loitering and socializing. Hartnett takes readers into this thicket of activity as he repopulates Roman streets with their full range of sensations, participants, and events that stretched far beyond simple movement. As everyone from slave to senator met in this communal space, city dwellers found unparalleled opportunities for self-aggrandizing display and the negotiation of social and political tensions. Hartnett charts how Romans preened and paraded in the street, and how they exploited the street's collective space to lob insults and respond to personal rebukes. Combining textual evidence, comparative historical material, and contemporary urban theory with architectural and art historical analysis, The Roman Street offers a social and cultural history of urban spaces that restores them to their rightful place as primary venues for social performance in the ancient world.
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Umbricius, the narrator from Juvenal's Third Satire, grumbles about the streets of Rome as he packs all of his possessions onto a wagon that would take him away to Cumae. His main complaint might seem familiar to the contemporary mind: congestion. However, Jeremy Hartnett offers a theory of the Roman street immune to Umbricius' one-dimensional view. The Roman street is not just an artery for traffic, but a host for a panoply of social activity. The author supports his thesis with references to classical literature, paintings and inscriptions, and physical evidence, mostly from Herculaneum and Pompeii. Within Part I, there is brief discussion of streets contemporary Naples, and he also invokes 20th-century writers on urbanism, such as Jane Jacobs, Allan Jacobs, and Donald Appleyard. A thorough analysis ensues of buildings of Pompeii and their amenities. Buildings partly define the street and how it is used. Benches in Pompeii are clues to street life, so there is a detailed discussion of these with seven tables. Nine color plates depict murals and reconstructions of building in Pompeii, and numerous back and white photos, maps, and illustrations assist the visual imagination.