session 20

THE ROMAN AMPHITHEATRE – RECENT RESEARCH AND NEW INSIGHTS

Organised by: Tony Wilmott and Thomas Hufschmid

In the last thirty years or so, and especially since the publication of J-Cl Golvin’s seminal work on amphitheatre architecture in 1988, the study of all aspects of the amphitheatre phenomenon has advanced by leaps and bounds. New research on architecture, engineering, function and amphitheatre spectacle has burgeoned internationally, and yet no session on the subject has yet appeared in the RAC programme.

This session will showcase the breadth and depth of new research in the subject across the Roman Empire, particularly in aspects of planning, architecture and engineering. It will include information derived from both excavation and from architectural analysis and this will provide an interesting study in complementary approaches to the subject. The session includes specific provincial case studies in Britain and Bulgaria, the planning of Imperial amphitheatres in Gaul, a reconsideration of the amphitheatre of Pompeii, the function of the basement amphitheatres, and the engineering of lift systems in the great amphitheatres of Italy.

We are truly fortunate that the leading scholar of the Roman amphitheatre of this generation, and the founder of the modern study of these buildings, J-Cl Golvin, has consented to participate in this session.

The Pompeii amphitheatre: a new conjecture, David Bomgardner

Tabulatia in ... sublime crescentia - Überlegungen zu den Liftsystemen in den Amphitheatern von Puteoli und Capua, Thomas Hufschmid

Le tracé des amphithéâtres de narbonnaise : du cercle à l'ellipse, documents préparatoires et implantation des courbes, Myriam Fincker

The Viminacium amphitheatre: A contribution to the study of Roman amphitheatres on the Danube limes, Ivan Bogdanović

The Amphitheatre of Chester (Deva), Britain: The final analysis, Tony Wilmott