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Author Bowes, Kimberly Diane, 1970- author
Title Houses and society in the later Roman Empire / Kim Bowes
Imprint London : Bristol Classsical Press, 2012
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  NA310 B786 2012    AVAILABLE    30530001281666
Descript 120 pages : illustrations, map, plans ; 22 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Bristol Classical Press debates in archaeology
Debates in archaeology
Note "First published by Gerald Duckworth & Co. Ltd. 2010"--Title page verso
"Houses are often assumed to be reliable mirrors of society, fossils of family structures, social hierarchies and mental maps of worlds now vanished. This is particularly true of the elite houses of the third to sixth centuries AD, which have been read as material symptoms of Rome's decline. The great dining and reception halls of urban houses sound the death-knell of participatory government and the rise of patronage politics, while in their sheer size and splendour later Roman houses seem to encapsulate a fin-de-siecle world of have and have-nots, separated by unbridgeable social chasms. Kim Bowes debates this image of later Roman houses as reflections of decadence and despotism, suggesting that the principal interpretive model, which reads such houses as reflective of a newly hierarchical, ritualized society, finds little support either from the archaeological evidence or from new readings of historical sources. Drawing on the most recent archaeological data and new theoretical models, she offers instead a less sharply periodized view of later houses, stressing their continuity with houses of the early empire."-- Back cover
Includes bibliographical references (pages 101-116) and index
Introduction -- Inventing the later Roman house -- The archaeology of later Roman houses -- Houses and history -- New directions
Subject Architecture, Roman -- History
Architecture, Domestic -- Italy -- History
Dwellings -- Rome
Rome -- Social life and customs
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