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Domus And Villa: Late Antique Housing In Carthage And Its Territory

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Late antique Carthage was a city rooted in its past, one which clung to tradition and enjoyed the rewards of a sophisticated urban culture which had evolved over many centuries. This chapter discusses late antique housing in Carthage up to date by integrating the evidence available from the earlier periods of excavation in Carthage, particularly from the 'Delattre' and 'Gaukler' eras, with the newer evidence now available from the recent UNESCO projects, and from work done since the UNESCO campaign officially ended in the mid-1990's. It looks firstly at house design, in particular at the evidence for architectural continuity and change in the houses of Carthage; then at house decoration and what this reveals about the cultural tastes of house owners in Carthage; and thirdly, at housing in the extra-urban territory of Carthage and the question of North African 'villas'. The focus throughout is, unavoidably, on high status housing.

Keywords: architectural continuity; Carthage; house decoration; late antique housing; North African house; urban culture



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