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Villa topography and involvement with neighbors

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Besides the important role of infrastructure and Imperial residences, in determining the geographical distribution of villas, villa distribution must be considered also in relation to local communities, for villas and towns normally had a relationship of close economic and social symbiosis. In the geographic area examined in this chapter, large and well appointed villas, belonging either to the Roman elite or to local elites, tend to be concentrated in areas surrounding urban centers, highlighting the socioeconomic importance of these connections and reminding us to look beyond the oft-quoted relationship of villas to the metropolis of Rome. Dedications such as the Neratii statues or the inscription to Laberia Crispina illustrate the close relationship between villa-owners and notables of local communities, and how villas are considered, both by the recipient of the honor and by the dedicator, an appropriate setting for the display of such honorific dedications.

Keywords: geographical distribution; Imperial residences; Laberia Crispina; Neratii statues; Roman elite; villa distribution; villa-owners



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