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Where Romulus Stood

Michael Kulikowski: Roman Town-Planning, 16 November 2017

The Shape of the Roman Order: The Republic and Its Spaces 
by Daniel J. Gargola.
North Carolina, 320 pp., £47.95, March 2017, 978 1 4696 3182 0
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The Atlas of Ancient Rome: Biography and Portraits of the City 
edited by Andrea Carandini, translated by Andrew CampbellHalavais.
Princeton, 1280 pp., £148.95, February 2017, 978 0 691 16347 5
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... The Romans​ were formidably good at organising space. Anyone who has flown into Venice from the west will have noticed the unusually rectilinear field systems (Google Earth will show you too), a legacy of Roman surveyors two millennia ago, and far from unique: Roman conquerors and colonists left this type of centuriation behind wherever they went ...

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