Rome, Pollution and Propriety: Dirt, Disease and Hygiene in the Eternal City from Antiquity to Modernity
Rome, Pollution and Propriety brings together scholars from a range of disciplines in order to examine the historical continuity of dirt, disease and hygiene in one environment, and to explore the development and transformation of these ideas alongside major chapters in the city's history, such as early Roman urban development, Roman pagan religion, the medieval Church, the Renaissance, the Unification of Italy, and the advent of Fascism. This volume sets out to identify the defining characteristics, functions and discourses of pollution in Rome in such realms as disease and medicine, death and burial, sexuality and virginity, prostitution, purity and absolution, personal hygiene and morality, criminality, bodies and cleansing, waste disposal, decay, ruins and urban renovation, as well as studying the means by which that pollution was policed and controlled.
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Approaches to pollution and propriety 11
Pollution religion and society in the Roman World 43
Puriﬁcation in ancient Rome 59
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Crime and punishment on the Capitoline Hill 103
On the burial of unchaste Vestal Virgins 122
Era Girolamo Savonarola and the aesthetics of pollution
Was the ghetto cleaner ? 169
Acqua Vergine ancient Rome antiquity approaches Aqua aqueduct areas argued Augustus Basilica Aemilia behaviour body burial Capitoline Capitoline Hill Cassius Dio catacombs Catholic century chapter charlatans chiavica Christian Church Cicero city’s clean cleanliness Cloaca Maxima construction contemporary corpses corruption crime criminal culture danger death deﬁned deﬁnition dirt disease disgust Domitianic drains early modern example explored Fascist ﬁgure ﬁlth ﬁlthy ﬁnd ﬁrst ﬂood ﬂow Forum fountains ghetto Greek homosexuality Hopkins human sacriﬁce hygiene ideas identiﬁed inﬂuence Italy Jewish Lanciani living Livy London Mark Bradley Mary Douglas medieval monuments moral Naturalis historia ofﬁcial ofthe Ovid physical Piazza Pius plague Pliny Plutarch political pollution pollution and propriety pollution and purity prostitution punishment puriﬁcation religion religious Republic rites ritual role Roma Rome’s sacred Savonarola Servius sewer sexual signiﬁcance social speciﬁc streets Tarpeia Tarpeian Tarpeian rock temple themes Tiber Tullianum University Press urban volume