Housing in Late Antiquity - Volume 3.2

From Palaces to Shops


This book examines a number of themes relating to housing in Late Antiquity. Two extensive bibliographic essays provide an overview of published literature relating to housing in this period. A selection of thematic essays focus on episcopia, lighting, privacy vs. public access, and building regulations. These are complemented by regional syntheses covering Spain and Africa and case studies of recently investigated urban houses from across the Mediterranean, from Gaul to Jordan. Whilst being firmly based in Late Antiquity, the volume also looks forward to Middle Byzantine and Early Islamic housing, with papers on rock-cut houses in Cappadocia and a wealthy dar from Pella in Jordan, destroyed by earthquake, with its inhabitants inside, in A.D. 749.

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Biographical Note

Luke A. Lavan, Ph.D. (2001) in Archaeology, University of Nottingham is currently unemployed. His doctorate (2001) considered Provincial Capitals in Late Antiquity. He has edited conference volumes on late antique urbanism, the countryside and historical methodology, and is series editor of Late Antique Archaeology.
Lale Özgenel, Ph.D. (2000) in Architecture from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, teaches at Middle East Technical University , Department of Architecture. Her main research interest is ancient domestic architecture with a focus on gender, space and privacy in the Roman and late antique houses. Recent publications consider on late antique houses in Lycia. Since 2004 she works on the Göksu Archaeological Survey Project, in Turkey.
Alexander Sarantis, Ph.D. (2006) in History at St. Anne's College, Oxford, works for the Central Administration of the University of Oxford. His interests encompass the history and archaeology of Late Antiquity, with a special focus on the society and economy of the East Roman provinces and imperial relations with the barbarian peoples within and beyond them. His doctorate explored The Balkans during the Reign of Justinian and he has recently authored articles on A.H.M. Jones and the Gepids.

Table of contents

List of Figures .. ix
Acknowledgements .. xv

Late Antique Housing and the Uses of Residential Buildings: an Overview .. 1
Simon Ellis

Bibliographic Essays

Housing in Late Antiquity: Thematic Perspectives .. 25
Inge Uytterhoeven
Housing in Late Antiquity: Regional Perspectives .. 67
Inge Uytterhoeven


Domus in Qua Manebat Episcopus: Episcopal Residences in Northern Italy during Late Antiquity (4th to 6th c. A.D.) .. 97
Yuri A. Marano
Architecture and Church Power in Late Antiquity: Canosa and San Giusto (Apulia) .. 131
Guliano Volpe
Episkopeia in Asia Minor .. 169
Burcu Ceylan

Other Thematic Studies

Private Space in Late Antique Cities: Laws and Building Procedures .. 197
Isabella Baldini Lippolis
Public Use and Privacy in Late Antique Houses in Asia Minor: the Architecture of Spatial Control .. 239
Lale Özgenel
Shedding Light on Late Roman Housing .. 283
Simon Ellis

Regional Studies

The Urban Domus in Late Antique Hispania: Examples from Emerita, Barcino and Complutum .. 305
Alexandra Chavarría, Javier Arce and Gisela Ripoll
Late Antique Domus in Africa Proconsularis: Structural and Decorative Aspects .. 337
Francesca Ghedini & Silvia Bullo
Domus and Villa: Late Antique Housing in Carthage and its Territory .. 367
Jeremy Rossiter
Cappadocia’s Rock-Cut Courtyard Complexes: a Case Study for Domestic Architecture in Byzantium .. 393
Veronica Kalas

Recently Investigated Urban Houses

A Late Roman House at Éauze (Cieutat), France .. 417
Simon Esmonde Cleary
The Palace of Theoderic at Ravenna: a New Analysis of the Complex .. 425
Andrea Augenti
The Triconch Palace at Butrint: the Life and Death of a Late Roman Domus .. 455
William Bowden and John Mitchell
The House of the Lycian Acropolis at Xanthos .. 475
Anne-Marie Manière-Lévêque
Two Late Antique Residential Complexes at Sagalassos .. 495
Marc Waelkens et al.
The Excavation of an Umayyad Period House at Pella in Jordan .. 515
Alan Walmsley

Index .. 523


All those interested in the archaeology and history of the Late Roman and Early Medieval periods in Europe and the Mediterranean, as well as architectural historians focusing on domesticity.

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