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Ancient Rome City Planning and Administration by O. F. Robinson

By O. F. Robinson

The inhabitants of old Rome at its height used to be large. to maintain the population fed, supplied with water, drainage and leisure; to allow the folk to maneuver approximately in concord with their associates, required an in depth, pragmatic and conceivable method of administrative legislation. This e-book describes the criminal framework on which the management of historical Rome as a urban depended.

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The scribe appealed to the tribunes; they were clearly uncertain whether this was a suitable occasion for the exercise of their intercessio, for they referred the matter to the Senate. 1, talking of colonnades beside theatres. 140ff), tabula Heracleensis, v. 82 mentions the land set aside by the censors for servi publici; cf. 16. 4. 84 ILS 5939 (=CIL VI 1266), 942 (=V 4348), 950 (=XIV 3602); CIL VI 1267; cf. g. ILS 5921 (=VI 31759). See also Mommsen (1887):II 993. 85 de Robertis (1936 and 1945–6); see also Ankum (1980); Jones (1929).

8. 2 & 4–5; ILS 892 (=CIL I 636): M. Canino q[aestori] urb [ano] negotiatores ex area Saturni. 16 See ch. 2: Planning. 5, 6 & 8; ILS 54 (=CIL XI 1827); and see ch. 5: Streets. 7 records quinqueviri muris turribus reficiendis et triumviri… reficiendis aedibus Fortunae. 19 Cf. 44, on Cato’s censorship of 184 BC, when private citizens who had built on public land were given 30 days for demolition. 30 In 34 BC Aemilius Lepidus Paullus rebuilt the basilica Aemilia,31 but he was a member of the Triumvirate.

CIVIL’ USE OF URBAN PROPERTY34 Most legal concern with building in our period was probably expressed through the interdicts, which protected both private and public buildings. 1—Caracalla (no date): observata tamen forma qua ceteri super balnea aedificare permittuntur, id est ut concameratis superinstruas et ipsa concameres nec modum usitatum altitudinis excedas. 11. 269ff. 1–3. 20. 51. 22; Festus ambitus 5L & 15L. 11; Plut. 8–10. 6. BUILDING CONTROLS 33 existence of the interdicts proves that the Romans did think that the public interest made it necessary to control new building activity, and also to ensure the upkeep of existing buildings.

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