Constructing the City of Republican Rome w. Dr. Seth Bernard

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University of Toronto, Associate Professor, Dr. Seth Bernard, joins the show to discuss how the city of Rome in the republican period was constructed.

Some topics explored

  • Types of construction including: Aqueducts, roads, basilicas, etc.
  • Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus (located at the Capitoline Hill)
  • The materials used to build roads (e.g., Via Appia)
  • The Via Appia (Appian Way), one of the earliest and most important roads in the Roman Republic
  • Materials used for construction including volcanic stone, marble, and concrete
  • Where materials are being sourced from and how they were conveyed into the city
  • Building codes and other related legislation (e.g., The Twelve Tables) in the period
  • Writings of Vitruvius, Livy and Cicero
  • Urban planning—practices and aspirations
  • Home ownership
  • Construction companies
  • Labour force including compulsory labour required of citizens work and slavery
  • A real estate company that Marcus Licinius Crassus (a former Consul and one of the statesmen of the First Triumvirate) operated
  • The roles of architectures and engineers
  • Training and education for those in the construction sector

Listen to the episode

The episode can be streamed below and is also available on major podcast apps: Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Amazon Music.

Show Notes

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