British School at Rome Studies- the latest volumes

In a year that will be remembered for its highs and lows, one of the BSR ‘highs’ came in the form of three new additions to our British School at Rome Studies Series, published by Cambridge University Press. These volumes present the latest research on topics at the core of our BSR research in recent years.

Rome in the Eighth Century: A History in Art by John Osborne

Built on research conducted at the BSR during his time as Balsdon Fellow, John Osborne addresses a critical era in the history of the city of Rome, the eighth century CE in this book. He approaches this using the primary lens of ‘material culture’ (buildings and their decorations, both surviving and known from documents and/or archaeology), while at the same time incorporating extensive information drawn from written sources.

The Basilica of Saint John Lateran to 1600 by L. Bosman, I. Haynes and P. Liverani (eds)

This book complements one of the BSR’s current archaeological projects, The Lateran Project, a collaboration between Newcastle University, the University of Florence, the Vatican Museums and the British School at Rome. This volume brings together scholars of topography, archaeology, architecture, art history, geophysical survey and liturgy to illuminate this profoundly important building. It takes the story of the site from the early imperial period, when it was occupied by elite housing, through its use as a barracks for the emperor’s horse guards to Constantine’s revolutionary project and its development over 1300 years.

Roman Port Societies: The Evidence of Inscriptions by P. Arnaud and S. Keay (eds)

In this book, an international team of experts draws upon a rich range of Latin and Greek texts to explore the roles played by individuals at ports in activities and institutions that were central to the maritime commerce of the Roman Mediterranean. In particular, they focus upon some of the interpretative issues that arise in dealing with this kind of epigraphic evidence, the archaeological contexts of the texts, social institutions and social groups in ports, legal issues relating to harbours, case studies relating to specific ports (including that of Portus, another ongoing BSR archaeological collaboration), and mercantile connections and shippers.