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The Rome of Tarquinius Superbus: issues of demography and economy

Bradley, Guy 2017. The Rome of Tarquinius Superbus: issues of demography and economy. In: Lulof, Patricia S. and Smith, Christopher eds. The Age of Tarquinius Superbus: Central Italy in the Late 6th Century. Proceedings of the Conference The Age of Tarquinius Superbus, a Paradigm Shift?., Leuven: Peeters, pp. 123-133.

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Abstract

This chapter addresses the demographic and economic nature of Rome under Tarquinius in the light of recent archaeological work. The chapter begins by considering the historical implications of Rome’s walls and the Capitoline Temple, as revealed by recent excavations, and how they help to situate the Urbs within its comparative Mediterranean background. The chapter then examines the potential use of these monuments in analysing the demography of the city, critically reviewing some earlier estimates. Recent advances in the demography of Classical Greece (particularly Hansen, The Shotgun Method 2006) have much to offer to the study of Archaic Rome, and help shed new light on the problem of the early census figures and their possible explanations. This in turn raises questions about the nature of new large cities in the Archaic Mediterranean, and what economies sustained them. Two major characteristics of Rome in the era of Tarquinius Superbus emerge: the importance of autocratic conceptions of the city-state, in terms of its scale, political organisation, and monumentality; and the integration of Rome with an emerging Mediterranean ‘world-system’.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
D History General and Old World > DG Italy
Publisher: Peeters
ISBN: 9789042934696
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2020 14:15
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/104367

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