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Public Use And Privacy In Late Antique Houses In Asia Minor: The Architecture Of Spatial Control

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Late antique town houses have been studied less in terms of public and private usage than the houses of the Imperial Roman period, for which both the material evidence and secondary interpretations are more plentiful. One way to approach the use of space in late antique domestic contexts is to look at architecture. The plan, location, accessibility, form and function of some distinctive spaces can provide salient clues about how these public areas were spatially distinguished within the house, thus respecting the owners' need for privacy. This chapter addresses these issues in the architectural context of late antique houses in Asia Minor. Specifically, it focuses on the architectural evidence. The chapter presents a brief overview of the following architectural features: i) Plan layout (courtyards), ii) Circulation (entrances, passageways, corridors, staircases), and iii) Distinctive Spaces (apsidal rooms and other substantial rooms).

Keywords: architectural evidence; Asia Minor; Imperial Roman period; Late antique town houses; public areas; spatial control



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