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The Roman Villa in the Mediterranean Basin

Late Republic to Late Antiquity



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This volume offers a comprehensive survey of Roman villas in Italy and the Mediterranean provinces of the Roman Empire, from their origins to the collapse of the Empire. The architecture of villas could be humble or grand, and sometimes luxurious. Villas were most often farms where wine, olive oil, cereals, and manufactured goods, among other products, were produced. They were also venues for hospitality, conversation, and thinking on pagan, and ultimately Christian, themes. Villas spread as the Empire grew. Like towns and cities, they became the means of power and assimilation, just as infrastructure, such as aqueducts and bridges, was transforming the Mediterranean into a Roman sea. The distinctive Roman/Italian villa type was transferred to the provinces, resulting in Mediterranean-wide culture of rural dwelling and work that further unified the Empire.

Product code: 9781107164314

ISBN 9781107164314
Publisher Cambridge University Press
No. of pages 634
Dimensions H287xW222xS37
A comprehensive treatment of Roman rural domestic architecture in a Mediterranean-wide context from early origins in Italy to the collapse of the Roman Empire. The book examines the technology and economic history of villas as venues for pleasure and leisure, work, intellectual pursuits, hospitality, decoration (mosaics, wall painting, sculpture), collecting, bathing, and Christian identity.