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Social Space In Late Antiquity

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Monumental streets were amongst the most popular form of public building in Late Antiquity, with new or restored examples known from imperial and provincial capitals and from many lesser-ranking cities. Pagan religious processions are attested for the 4th c. and very early 5th c. Scenes of animal victims being led to sacrifice are depicted on Tetrarchic reliefs at Rome and Thessalonica and are described in literary sources under Julian at Antioch. New baths, though relatively common, were usually smaller than in the Early Imperial period, whilst many old complexes fell out of use. Few entertainment buildings were built during Late Antiquity, but evidence for the continued use of these structures is abundant in Mediterranean regions. The only new ?stadium? of the period (of mid-5th c. date) at Antioch, is usually interpreted as a horse training ground.

Keywords: Antioch; entertainment buildings; Late Antiquity; Mediterranean regions; monumental streets; Rome; Thessalonica



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