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In: Reiche und Namen im Frühen Mittelalter
In: The Power of Cities
In: The Power of Cities
In: The Construction of Communities in the Early Middle Ages
In: Towns and their Territories Between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
In: The Transformation of Frontiers
In: The Transformation of Frontiers

This paper examines the characteristics, evolution and decline of the late antique domus of Spanish towns, using case studies from three cities: Augusta Emerita, Complutum and Barcino. It discusses how, during the 4th c. A.D., urban town houses were dramatically renovated and lavishly redecorated according to the tastes of their owners, the urban elites. These domus, which frequently replaced the public buildings and open spaces of the Early Roman era, acquired large, apsidal and basilical spaces, in many cases decorated with mosaics and paintings. This study also charts the decline of these domestic buildings, when, from the late 5th, and in some cases the 6th c., they were re-built using poorer materials, subdivided, or re-used for agricultural or funerary purposes.

In: Late Antique Archaeology
In: Housing in Late Antiquity - Volume 3.2