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Late Antique Domus Of Africa Proconsularis: Structural And Decorative Aspects

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This chapter serves as an appendix to an extended study of private building in Roman Tunisia, published in the Quaderni di Antenor series. The aim of this study was to create a databank that would enable an analysis of the typology of African domus, both horizontally and vertically. The chapter focuses on the houses that can be dated with certainty to the late antique period. It first discusses their architectural-structural characteristics, with particular reference to reception rooms, and the routes by which they were reached. The chapter then examines the thematic content of figural mosaic decorations, and considers what these tell us about the attitudes and lifestyle of their aristocratic patrons. These separate analyses of architectural and decorative features are dictated by the inconsistent nature of the evidence.

Keywords: African domus; architectural-structural characteristics; figural mosaic decorations; late antique period; Roman Tunisia



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