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Migrant Quarters at Rome?

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This chapter addresses a seemingly simple question: where did migrants live in the city of Rome under the Principate? Underlying this straightforward question is the more complicated issue whether there is evidence for what is technically called residential clustering. In the case of the city of Rome under the Principate, the existence of significant levels of residential clustering is often taken for granted. The phenomenon of migrant quarters that La Piana observed in the early twentieth century is of course well known from our own society, but it is hardly a universal characteristic of all periods in which migration occurred. The chapter starts with social clustering, the degree to which people of different status lived segregated. It is also possible to study residential clustering along economic lines. This issue normally comes under the heading of economic zoning: the clustering of specific economic activities in specific parts of the city.

Keywords:economic zoning; La Piana; migrant quarters; residential clustering; Rome; social clustering



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