HIS220Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Civitas, Voer, Wiht

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October 9th 2012
urban community
urban—urbs, town, civitas, positive words
goodness or history written by city people
perspectives of history
urbs—wall or defended by walls
the importance of the determing moment in the rise of the consciousness of a place being
distinct from the territory around it
rome discovered—romulus and romus, one born a few moments first decides to take a
plough and mark a line in which he wille ventually buiild walls when noone is there,
romulus first king of rome plough line for walls, remes decides to step over line at which
romulus kills him
remes doesnt respect sacredness of walls, okay he was killed for unpious behaviour
body of the people who live in walls
first word we have for space
no importance for cities in first part of opera—roman empire are the expression of cities, great
mechanissm of which cities belonged in turn the empire becomes a source of organization
experience of the city
link hte experience back to the first act
look at different periods times places areas that become important
but tehy also dissapear
emperors fight, cant depend on central apparatus for stability you find common complaints
rise of islam charlemaine, greater richer centres, blows one by one to live the urban lifestyle,
rome itself, saying that ppl feared the city life because fo wartorn history?? not sure
when evidence is sparse we say whatever we want
cities are sterile, by and large dont produce their own food, rural communities create their
surplus, rural communities have stabilitiy and protection for what they produce
production of resources to be exchanged allow cities to cover some functions
other functions are cut in different measure, whats a city for?
Around a cathedral, worship function important, rome thrive because of tis religous function
princes to be shown off,
centre for democracy
christian church—residence of a bishop
source of food
new perceptions of public community
cultivate a kind of sociability
court rolls, active sense of own dignity, called serve not bothered still right to speak and act and
they do
bring this to them to the urban communities, to what extent is the medeival society a highly
participatory place
slavery and our dissabilities a small part of civility
city defends the serf over claim of lord
of the city many are free
respoonsability and assertion over communites outside the walls
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