The Roman imperial forum is a potent symbol of imperial authority and a key setting for the study of elite funded building-work. However, its interpretation as a monument at the centre of dynamics of elite social competition does not offer a comprehensive understanding of its surviving remains. This article proposes to enrich our view of this space by introducing the space-shaping role of urban-living. This is demonstrated through a re-interpretation of the forum of Timgad, in which a data-review will describe key processes that contributed to its present appearance. The re-interpretation of the genesis of this forum will show it to be ‘fragmented’ by urban-living and offer a new reading of the remains of fora in Roman Africa and in the empire at large.
Article in volume 86, 2011, pages 125-136
The other articles in volume 86, 2011
Mary B. Moore
Jeffrey A. Becker & Jessica Nowlin
Charlotte R. Potts
Boutheina Maraoui Telmini
Dimitri van Limbergen