Most Neronian interventions concerning the layout of the city have been made after the Great Fire of A.D. 64. Two of the few previous important interventions were the new arrangement of the via Recta and the construction of the pons Neronianus, giving access to the area with the new baths Nero built near those of Marcus Agrippa.
These developmental differences in urbanisation, as expressed through evolving nature and functions, are the underlying premise of Wilson
Compared to most other crafts, the activities of fullers in Roman Italy have left a significant body of both material and immaterial traces.
Most will agree with the observation that Augustus was a master of what shall we call it? Spin? There will be disagreement as to the integrity of his claims. I prefer to follow the teachings of Edwin Judge that Augustus was so much in control of language that he could bend its specificity to say precisely what he wanted to say and to say what could not be gainsaid.
Not only was Alexandria a centre for the military and bureaucracy, it was also a cosmopolitan city which nurtured Hellenistic culture.
As always, an analysis of ancient colonies, and the politics and socioeconomic factors that come with that colony, are subjected to the recounting of primary sources. Sources such as Thucydides, Plutarch, and Diodorus Siculus provide valuable information for interpreters in modern times, but that information may also contain some sort of bias or misrepresentation within it.
This summary has been about what drove Roman imperialism. What has hardly varied is the perception that the speed of Roman expansion fluctuated, as measured by the rate at which provinces were annexed.