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Private Space In Late Antique Cities: Laws And Building Procedures

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In Late Antiquity, many laws were issued to regulate complex social and economic matters, including the control of real estate, construction, and the management of private buildings. A new building practice and culture of re-use gradually became predominant in a changing society. This chapter compares this legislation with the archaeological evidence in order to ascertain the characteristics of the process, assess the contribution of the ruling classes, and distinguish different building procedures in urban areas. There was a conscious effort to distinguish between various forms of private building, on the basis of the wealth and social status of the property owner in question, as well as the size and monumental nature of the construction. These were important criteria for evaluating whether or not building services and authorisations were to be granted.

Keywords: building procedures; Late Antiquity; private buildings; real estate; urban areas; urbanistic legislation



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