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Monumental fountains were essential utilitarian and aesthetic components of any well-to-do Roman urban center. Besides their functional role of providing water, they were also designed to express the social, political and religious universe of Roman cities. Prominently located in public spaces, they were active bearers of collective and individual identities. This study examines the function and the symbolic meaning of monumental fountains within the complex framework of urban life in the Eastern provinces of the Roman Empire. Different aspects of monumental fountains -architecture, hydro-technical apparatus, sculpture assemblages, epigraphy,..- were studied from an integrated perspective in order to draw an exhaustive picture of these ubiquitous symbols of opulence and self-representation.
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Dr. Julian Richard is research assistant at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where he is involved in the Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project since 2004. His research focuses on the contextual aspects of Roman public architecture in the Eastern Mediterranean.
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Book Description Brepols Publishers 0. Softcover. Condition: Verlagsfrisch New copy. Verlagsfrisch New copy Studies in Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology (SEMA 9) Water for the City, Fountains for the People Monumental Fountains in the Roman East: an Archaeological Study of Water Management J. Richard XVI+307 p., 150 b/w ill., 210 x 295 mm, 2012 ISBN: 978-2-503-53449-7 Languages: English Paperback The publication is available. Retail price: EUR 95,00 This volume aims to explore the rich utilitarian dimension of ancient monumental fountains that were found in Roman cities. Archaeological research has brought to light dozens of ancient monumental fountains. For any well-to-do urban center, they were a necessary utilitarian and aesthetic amenity. In Roman times, public fountains reached a degree of architectural opulence and technical complexity never seen before. Through the statues and inscriptions displayed on their façades, they acted as powerful bearers of individual and collective identities. In traditional scholarly research, this representative dimension of monumental fountains is generally strongly emphasized, to the detriment of their essential role in the provision of water to urban centers. The aim of this monograph is to explore the rich utilitarian dimension of monumental fountains in the Roman East, from their relationship to the aqueduct to the various technical details involving the distribution, display, use and drainage of water. Issues such as user-friendliness, hygiene and the preservation of water under harder climatic conditions will be examined as well, following a diachronic perspective that also includes the later evolution of public fountains in Late Antiquity. Exploring the utilitarian dimension of monumental fountains reestablishes the balance with their representative function: this is the most accurate way of explaining their stunning success in the cities of the Mediterranean. Dr. Julian Richard is a PostdoctoralFellow of the Research Foundation-Flanders(FWO) and research assistant at the KU Leuven (Belgium). Since 2004, he has been involved in the Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project. His research focuses on water archaeology and Roman public architecture in the Eastern Mediterranean Review "Julian Richard's book is a very welcome survey of the archaeology of fountains and nymphaea in the Roman east, the area where perhaps they flourished the most, compiling a large body of data into an intensive, well-researched, and explicative catalogue. (.) Overall, the book is well written and extensively illustrated with plans and photographs, which supplement most of the argument and make the explanations far clearer, and it is evident that an enormous amount of research went into the publication." (Javier Martínez Jiménez, in: Al-Masaq 28:1, p. 107-109). Buch. Seller Inventory # 11039