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Rome and EnvironsAn Archaeological Guide$
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Filippo Coarelli

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520079601

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520079601.001.0001

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Aventine, Trastevere, and the Vatican

Aventine, Trastevere, and the Vatican

(p.332) (p.333) Aventine, Trastevere, and the Vatican
Rome and Environs

Filippo Coarelli

University of California Press

This chapter describes the Aventine as Rome's southernmost hill and the one closest to Tiber. It notes that the hill's steep slopes, which isolated it to a large extent from its surroundings, and its proximity to the river had a great influence on its history, which was closely bound with the struggle of the plebs. The chapter explains that during the Empire, the Aventine lost its association as a working-class and commercial quarter, and was transformed into an aristocratic neighborhood. It notes that the poorer inhabitants moved south to the plain near the Emporium and to the right bank in Trastevere. The chapter also describes the roads in Vatican, as well as the structures that can be found there.

Keywords:   Aventine, Trastevere, Vatican, Rome, Tiber, plebs, Empire, aristocratic neighborhood, Emporium

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