THE MOVING CITY: PROCESSIONS, PASSAGES AND PROMENADES IN ANCIENT ROME

Classics for All Reviews

Edited by Ida Östenberg, Simon Malmberg and Jonas Bjørnebye

Bloomsbury Academic (2015) h/b 361pp £80 (ISBN 9781472528001)

In 260 BC the successful general Gaius Duilius was granted torch bearers and flute players to accompany him home every night, to celebrate his military achievements in a perpetual nocturnal celebration. Gaius Duilius therefore became a man you could not easily pass in the street. From the unmissable Duilius to the Christian virgins of late antiquity, this eclectic collection of papers investigates the sights and sounds of Rome, looking at the ways in which movement through a city full of symbolism and tradition could be used to convey messages about status, morality and power, with several variations on the theme, including group movement, ritual movement and violent movement.

Articles are grouped into four sections, ‘Elite Movement’, ‘Literary Movement’, ‘Processional Movement’ and ‘Movement and Urban Form’, with an extensive bibliography, a rather cursory index…

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