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Participant name: gregory aldrete

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FB-50032-04Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsGregory S. AldreteFloods in Ancient Rome6/1/2004 - 5/31/2005$40,000.00GregoryS.Aldrete   University of Wisconsin, Green BayGreen BayWI54311-7003USA2003Classical HistoryFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs400000400000

This project is a study of the frequent and destructive floods that plagued ancient Rome during the Roman Republic and Empire. It will analyze the obvious physical consequences produced by these events on the urban landscape, the effects that these natural disasters had on the course of Roman political and social history, and the psychological and sociological aspects of how such occurrences were perceived and interpreted by the Romans. Ancient Rome depended on water for the functioning of its economy and for its very survival, but at the same time the Tiber River could be a violent and unpredictable destructive force. This project is an interdisciplinary investigation combining history, archaeology, hydrology, geology, and urban and environmental studies, in order to examine how the largest pre-modern city dealt with the threat of natural disaster. The book that I plan to write will explore the nature of this conflict, and the complex interrelationship between humans and water that was played out amongst the urban topography of ancient Rome.

FB-55318-11Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsGregory S. AldreteRiots in Ancient Rome6/1/2012 - 5/31/2013$50,400.00GregoryS.Aldrete   University of Wisconsin, Green BayGreen BayWI54311-7003USA2010Ancient HistoryFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs504000504000

This project is a comprehensive study of the frequent riots that broke out in ancient Rome during the Roman Republic and Empire. The resulting book will be the first to compile a database of all incidents of violent urban collective behavior at Rome, and will analyze their frequency, causes, characteristics, and effects. Particular attention will be paid to investigating issues of leadership, organization, and participation. In contrast to a traditional top-down scholarly perspective in which riots at Rome are often viewed as threats to public order that must be suppressed, this study will focus on their role as a means of communication for the urban populace and as manifestations of popular opinion. While the resultant scholarly book will be a specific case study, given that urban riots permeate all periods of history and continue to plague cities today, this project should have both broad appeal and relevance.