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Villae Rusticae and the ideological realm

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In contrast to the ambiguous picture literary sources present of villae maritimae, the country villa consistently occupies a privileged place in the ideological constructions of the Roman elite. The idealization of agricultural activity, symbol of the old times when the "good citizens" were farming their land, and the importance this concept had for the Roman elite is evident also in poetry, such as Virgil's Georgics. From the very beginning, the word villa was used to refer to establishments outside the city walls that included land (fundus or praedium), and which were engaged in various kinds of agricultural production. The term villa rustica is less a product of the ancient mind than a specification used by the modern reader to differentiate country villas from their coastal counterparts. As a matter of fact, the term villa alone, not modified by either rustica or maritima, referred in primis to the country villa.

Keywords: agricultural activity; Roman elite; villa rustica; villae maritimae



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