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The Roman House and Social Identity

  • Date Published: June 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521735094


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  • This book examines house types from Britain to Syria to disclose how people imagined and articulated their place in the Roman world. Shelly Hales considers the nature and role of domestic decoration and its part in promoting social identities. From the Egyptian themes of imperial residences in Italy, to the viticultural designs found in the rock-cut homes in Petra, this decoration consistently appeals to fantasies beyond the immediate realities of their inhabitants. Employing a wide range of approaches to the study of the house and acculturation in the Roman Empire, Hales' book is the first synthesis of Roman domestic architecture.

    • Discusses the role of art in domestic space
    • Surveys the entire empire, using case studies
    • Exploration of Romanness as expressed and experienced by those outside Rome
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    "An important contribution to the study of domestic architecture in general our understanding of the politics of identity in the Roman Empire...Thoughtful and well-conceived." CAA Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521735094
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. The ideal home
    2. The house and the construction of memory
    3. The imperial palace
    Part II:
    4. Finding a way into the Pompeian house
    5. The art of impression in the houses of Pompeii
    Part III:
    6. The houses of the western provinces
    7. The east Greek oikos.

  • Author

    Shelley Hales, University of Bristol
    Shelley Hales is a scholar of Roman art and architecture. She is Lecturer in Art and Visual Cultural in the Department of Classics at the University of Bristol.

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