Roman Villas in Central Italy: A Social and Economic History

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BRILL, 2007 - History - 823 pages
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This volume, which was awarded Honorable Mention and a Silver Medal from the Premio Romanistico Internationazionale GÚrard Boulvert, investigates the socio-economic role of elite villas in Roman Central Italy drawing on both documentary sources and material evidence. Through the composite picture emerging from the juxtaposition of literary texts and archaeological evidence, the book traces elite ideological attitudes and economic behavior, caught between what was morally acceptable and the desire to invest capital intelligently. The analysis of the biases affecting the application of modern historiographical models to the interpretation of the archaeology frames the discussion on the identification of slave quarters in villas and the putative second century crisis of the Italian economy. The book brings an innovative perspective to the debate on the villa-system and the decline of villas in the imperial period.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter One Villae Maritimae
13
Chapter Two Villae Maritimae as Economic Enterprises
47
Chapter Three Villae Rusticae and the Ideological Realm
82
Chapter Four The Archaeology of Rural Villas
102
Chapter Five The Villa Schiavistica Model
125
Infrastructure and Imperial Villas
154
Chapter Seven Villa Topography and Involvement with Neighbors
176
Catalogue
235
Appendix A Chronology of Villa Sites
759
Appendix B Data for Villa Sites in Latium
770
Appendix C Data for Villa Sites in Tuscany
779
Appendix D Data for Villa Sites in Umbria
788
Bibliography
797
General Index
817
Index Locorum
821

Chapter Eight The Chronology of Villas and the Secondcentury Crisis
199
Conclusions
223

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About the author (2007)

Annalisa Marzano, Ph.D. (2004) in Classical Studies, Columbia University, is Research Assistant at the Institute of Archaeology and William Golding Research Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford. She is currently part of the research staff for the Oxford Roman Economy Project.

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