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This volume is the first translation of a treatise on surveying written in the first century AD, which has been preserved and illustrated through ancient and medieval manuscripts dating back to the fifth century. The work deals with the conception and construction of orthogonal boundaries which show and structure voluntary ancient landscapes, the orientation and cross-ruling of which symbolises cosmic order and world harmony. But while the basic principles determined a model of organisation and hierarchical town planning, this model adapted itself to environmental constraints and the requirements of history. Whence came the use of many diagrams illustrating the numerous vignettes. This model, which applies essentially to colonial territories, subtly integrates the various public and private levels of spatial organisation, of production and of social life. In this work, the author presents the territory of each city with its gridded land-registry document, as an image of the world.

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Authors: CLAVEL-LÉVÊQUE M ET AL, Université de Franche-Comté, Centre de recherches d'Histoire ancienne et Institut Gaffiot (FR);CLAVEL-LEVEQUE M ET AL, Universite de Franche-Comte, Centre de recherches d'Histoire ancienne et Institut Gaffiot (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16808 FR (1996) 188pp., FS, ECU 30
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ISBN: ISBN 92-827-3916-3
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