Reference : Maintaining an atrium house during the Principate in Ostia.
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Maintaining an atrium house during the Principate in Ostia.
Mainet, Grégory mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences historiques > Histoire de l'art et arch. de l'antiquité gréco-romaine >]
Building Knowledge, Constructing History
Wouters, Ine
Van de Voorde, Stéphanie
Bertels, Inge
Espion, Bernard
De Jonge, Kristina
Zastavni, Denis
United Kingdom
6th International Congress on Construction History
du 9 au 13 juillet 2018
Université Libre de Bruxelles; Universiteit Antwerpen; KU Leuven; Université Catholique de Louvain; Vrije Universiteit Brussel
[en] Atrium house ; Ostia ; Roman construction ; Roman Society ; Roman Antiquity
[en] The Italian atrium houses are well-known from literary sources and Pompeii excavations. This
form was typical of the late Republic and early Empire, but some of them were maintained over many centuries.
Ostia is a good case study to investigate such maintenance during the mid-imperial period. Most of the atrium
houses built at the mouth of the Tiber were broken down by that time, because the insulae became the common
type of dwelling. However, a few householders preferred to preserve their old domus rather than construct new,
more profitable dwellings. This paper discusses the case of two Augustan houses in the imperial urban fabric
of Ostia, with a focus on the Domus a Peristilio (IV, V, 16). In fact, recent excavations highlighted many repairs
and transformations that took place between the first century AD and the beginning of the third century AD.

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