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Roman Villas: A Study in Social Structure

Smith, J. T.

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ISBN 10: 0415167191 / ISBN 13: 9780415167192
Published by Routledge, 2000
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Roman Villas: A Study in Social Structure

Publisher: Routledge

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Adams, A. T.

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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Roman Villas explores the social structures of the Roman world by analysing the plans of buildings of all sizes from slightly Romanized farms to palaces. The ways in which the rooms are grouped together; how they intercommunicate; and the ways in which individual rooms and the house are approached, reveal various social patterns, which question traditional ideas about the Roman family and household. J. T. Smith argues that virtually all houses were occupied by groups of varying composition, challenging the received wisdom that they were single family houses whose size reflected only the owner's wealth and number of servants.
Roman Villas provides a meticulously documented and scholarly examination of the relationship between the living quarters of the Roman and their social and economic development which introduces a new area in Roman studies and a corpus of material for further analysis. The inclusion of almost 500 ground plans, drawn to a uniform scale, allows the reader to compare the similarities and differences between house structure as well as effectively illustrating the arguments.

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John Smith is an Honorary Research Fellow at Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He was formerly the Head of Architecture at The Royal commission on The Historical Monuments of England. He is the author of numerous articles on Roman villas in learned journals.

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