The Houses of Roman Italy 100 BC-AD 250: Ritual, Space & Decoration
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The Houses of Roman Italy 100 BC-AD 250: Ritual, Space & Decoration

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In this richly illustrated book, art historian John R. Clarke helps us see the ancient Roman house "with Roman eyes." Clarke presents a range of houses, from tenements to villas, and shows us how enduring patterns of Roman wall decoration tellingly bear the cultural, religious, and social imprints of the people who lived with them.

In case studies of seventeen excavated hou...more
Paperback, 450 pages
Published November 11th 1993 by University of California Press (first published December 16th 1991)
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Simon
I am suffering from horrible insomnia these days (more accurately, nights) and ploughed through this book as an attempted antidote. More fool I. Clarke has written a book --- really a textbook --- for the sophisticated student of architectural history (which I am not). It is not particularly well-written, in the sense that he has a literary style. He strives to be as clear as possible, and since I consider myself to be the baseline reader for this book, I would have to say that he succeeds. I un...more
Lanny

More than you'll ever want to know about the Roman House.
Architecture was my first love as a young mind, and I make these forays. I like certain particular things about ancient domociles, the niches, the inner courtyards. This book does alot to illustrate how Nero's personal tastes influenced the Roman home's ornamentation for quite a while.. It's a large, scholarly tome, a text-book basically.
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