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The "Villa Schiavistica" model

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The author was skeptical about the identification of the series of rooms as an ergastulum. Daniele Manacorda spoke against this theory as many as twenty years ago, proposing for the space a combined usage as housing and storage (horreum). The analogy in the size of the rooms between this space and the complex on the north side of the villa, which was used for storage, supports his suggestion. And in fact, Carandini himself, referring to this complex in the Settefinestre publication, wrote at first that it was a horreum, in part because literary sources report that the Volusii preferred coloni to slaves. Carandini subsequently changed his views, in a contribution on the villa schiavistica, he presents this part of the Volusii complex as an ergastulum for "hundreds of slaves (centinaia di schiavi)".

Keywords: ergastulum; horreum; Settefinestre publication; villa schiavistica; Volusii complex



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