The Roman House and Social Identity by Shelley HalesThe Roman House and Social Identity by Shelley Hales

The Roman House and Social Identity

byShelley Hales

Paperback | June 8, 2009

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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.
Title:The Roman House and Social IdentityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 9.96 × 6.97 × 0.67 inPublished:June 8, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521735092

ISBN - 13:9780521735094

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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.

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"An important contribution to the study of domestic architecture in general and...to our understanding of the politics of identity in the Roman Empire...Thoughtful and well-conceived." CAA Reviews