Reimagining urban success: rhythms of activity at Gabii, 800 BC–AD 600

Samuels, J. T. et al. (2022) Reimagining urban success: rhythms of activity at Gabii, 800 BC–AD 600. Antiquity, 96(385), pp. 103-122. (doi: 10.15184/aqy.2021.154)

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Abstract

The ancient city of Gabii—an Italian polity of the first millennium BC and a peer to early Rome—has often been presented as an example of urban decline, a counterpoint to Rome's rise from a collection of hilltop huts to a Mediterranean hegemon. Here the authors draw on the results from recent excavations at Gabii that challenge such simplistic models of urban history. Diachronic evidence documenting activity at the site over the course of 1400 years highlights shifting values and rhythms materialised in the maintenance, transformation and abandonment of different urban components. This complex picture of adaptation and resilience provides a model of ancient urbanism that calls into question outdated narratives of urban success and failure.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The Gabii Project is supported by generous grants from the University of Michigan, the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the National Geographic Society, the Loeb Classical Library Foundation and several private donors.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Stewart, Eddie and Opitz, Dr Rachel
Authors: Samuels, J. T., Cohen, S., Johnson, T., Moses, V., Naglak, M., Opitz, R., Banducci, L., D’Acri, M., Motta, L., Rittershaus, A., and Stewart, E.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Journal Name:Antiquity
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0003-598X
ISSN (Online):1745-1744
Published Online:06 October 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in Antiquity 96(385): 103-122
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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