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City – ager relation according to the Roman land surveyors


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Šuvak, Mihaela. (2016). City – ager relation according to the Roman land surveyors. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of History. [mentor Kuntić-Makvić, Bruna].

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The early period of the Roman state was marked by the expansion which led to the improvements in the role of surveyors who worked for the Roman state. Centuriation, economic development and demographic change are closely and inseparably linked. The work is based on surveyor's texts, which were collected in Corpus agrimensorum Romanorum. These texts have a great value and their importance should not be underestimated at all. Although works in the Corpus deal with various aspects of different measurements and are from different periods of time, we can trace many valuable data from them, including that associated to the relation of the city and its territory. Every city nurtures their boundaries or limits with great care and develops a special relationship with its neighboring territories. Defining the city limits is of great importance for the legalization, taxation and law in general. In addition to the limits, the country was shared in fair and equal parts, both in the city and its surrounding territories. The most widespread type of soil in the Roman Empire was ager publicus which had an economic and social importance. In the Roman period, social status of a person was determinated on the basis of whether or not they possessed some land, which helped in the forming of social attitudes and power. We learn more about the life of citizens in the ager area from certain types of disputes such as those on public lands or religious places. Many citizens owned estates in the ager and houses within the city walls so a typical Roman citizen lived in an entanglement between the city and its ager. There were people who lived exclusively in the territory of ager or exclusively within the city walls, but they had to regularly visit the countryside or the city for a number of reasons. Life itself generally took place outdoors where it developed a greater sense of community.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Subjects: History
Departments: Department of History
Supervisor: Kuntić-Makvić, Bruna
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2018 10:27
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2018 10:27

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