Thursday I gave my paper “Abundance and the Forum: Urban Features on Two Streets in Pompeii,” part of the “Streetwise in Pompeii” panel, organized by my adviser, Professor John Dobbins, at the Classical Association of the Middle West & South (CAMWS), Southern Section 2010 meeting. The goal of the panel was both to examine the makeup of the streets (the structures, people, etc.) and how two streets leading to the forum direct the pedestrian to the forum (e.g., with architectural features.).
My paper focused on the urban armature, or the urban features, of the two streets. I considered things such as arches (“passage architecture”), religious shrines and fountains (“way stations”), and the streets themselves (“connective architecture”).