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Housing In Late Antiquity: Regional Perspectives

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To a certain extent, our knowledge of late antique domestic architecture in the different areas of the Roman Empire is distorted by the uneven nature of archaeological research carried out to date. Regions such as Italy, Turkey and Syria, which have traditionally received a great deal of attention, and have for decades witnessed large-scale excavations, understandably offer more information than areas only more recently explored, such as the Danube and the Balkans. In the western provinces, aspects of Roman domestic architecture, such as house plans and decorative schemes, were adopted by the native upper classes from the early period of Romanisation, ranging from the 1st c. B.C. to the 1st c. A.D. Roman aristocratic architecture in the East owed much more to earlier traditions than was the case in the western provinces, with the Hellenistic legacy being strongest in the former region.

Keywords: Balkans; Danube; Italy; late antique domestic architecture; Roman Empire; Syria; Turkey



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