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Late Antique Housing And The Uses Of Residential Buildings: An Overview

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This chapter presents an overview of this book, which surveys developments in Mediterranean housing from the 4th to 6th centuries A.D. and addresses issues of later periods which are much less well-known. Late antique houses are not of course understood merely from their physical remains. Most of the chapters in the book begin with the physical evidence and then develop their interpretations using other sources. The chronological view of late antique housing should be combined with the geographical view. Like the chronological view, this also has its gaps in evidence. Geographical gaps in the distribution of late antique housing are closely related to urban and rural distinctions. Several such distinctions are discussed in the book. It is only in the modern world that houses have become purely, or almost entirely domestic space. In ancient times, at least, the house was always as much a business as a domestic area.

Keywords: domestic area; late antique houses; Mediterranean housing; rural distinctions; urban distinctions

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