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Classical Segregation

“Fragment 11 further illustrates several points about the general nature of Rome’s urban fabric. First of all is the close juxtaposition of the houses of the wealthy and the single-room high-rise apartment dwelling of the poor. As this and many other Plan fragments show, there was no significant economic segregation in Rome.

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In our present example of imperial Rome, it is interesting to consider the reality of close physical mixing of social classes against the literary image of the distinct separation of those classes in many social practices. The contrast to modern America is again striking, where the social ideal of equal citizens meets the structural practices of strict architectural segregation.”

David West Reynolds - “The Lost Architecture of Ancient Rome: Insights from the Severan Plan and the Regionary Catalogues” Expedition Volume 39, No. 2 (1997) p. 16

(I got to see some of those fragments yesterday. Every once in a while, being at Stanford is pretty neat.)

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