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Roman Villas : A Study in Social Structure - J. T. Smith

Roman Villas

A Study in Social Structure

Hardcover Published: 1st January 1998
ISBN: 9780415167192
Number Of Pages: 416

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Roman Villas explores the social structures of the Roman world by analysing the plans of buildings of all sizes from slightly Romanized farms to palaces. The ways in which the rooms are grouped together; how they intercommunicate; and the ways in which individual rooms and the house are approached, reveal various social patterns, which question traditional ideas about the Roman family and household. J. T. Smith argues that virtually all houses were occupied by groups of varying composition, challenging the received wisdom that they were single family houses whose size reflected only the owner's wealth and number of servants.
Roman Villas provides a meticulously documented and scholarly examination of the relationship between the living quarters of the Roman and their social and economic development which introduces a new area in Roman studies and a corpus of material for further analysis. The inclusion of almost 500 ground plans, drawn to a uniform scale, allows the reader to compare the similarities and differences between house structure as well as effectively illustrating the arguments.

...thought-provoking...a great deal of information contained in this volume.

Prefacep. xxvi
Abbreviations of Locationsp. xxxii
Aims and Methodsp. 1
Aims and Scope of the Bookp. 3
Methods and Assumptionsp. 13
Types of Planp. 21
Hall Housesp. 23
Row-Type Housesp. 46
Developed Forms of Row-Housep. 65
Developed Forms of Hall Housep. 80
Problematic House Typesp. 94
The Porticus-With-Pavilions Pavilionsp. 117
The Porticus-With-Pavilions Porticusesp. 130
The Elements and Forms of Villa Complexesp. 144
Palaces, Peristyle Houses and Luxury Villasp. 172
The Villas of South-East Europep. 199
The Villa System in Operation: Modes of Changep. 217
The Late Pre-Roman Iron Age Backgroundp. 219
Modes of Romanisationp. 233
Patterns of Villa Developmentp. 257
A Model of Developmentp. 275
Notesp. 303
Bibliographyp. 330
General Indexp. 360
Site Indexp. 366
Index of Authorsp. 377
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ISBN: 9780415167192
ISBN-10: 0415167191
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st January 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.93
Edition Number: 1