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1st Edition

Pompeian Peristyle Gardens

ISBN 9780367649951
Published June 24, 2022 by Routledge
268 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book examines how Pompeian peristyle gardens were utilized to represent the socioeconomic status of Roman homeowners, introducing fresh perspectives on how these spaces were designed, used, and perceived.

Pompeian Peristyle Gardens provides a novel understanding of how the domus was planned, utilized, and experienced through a critical examination of all Pompeian peristyles – not just by selecting a few well-known examples. This study critiques common scholarly assumptions of ancient domestic space, such as the top-down movement of ideas and the relationship between wealth and socio-political power, though these possibilities are not excluded. In addition, this book provides a welcome contribution to exploring the largely unexamined middle class, an integral part of ancient Roman society.

Pompeian Peristyle Gardens is of interest to students and scholars in art history, classics, archaeology, social history, and other related fields.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, 2. Pompeian peristyle gardens, 3. Why were peristyles built in Pompeian houses?, 4. The parameters of socioeconomic display, 5. Classification of peristyles according to their means of economic display, 6. The economic display functions of peristyles: The social influence and trends in peristyles, 7. The social status of Pompeian peristyle owners, 8. Conclusion.

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Dr Samuli Simelius is a teacher of ancient cultures in the University of Helsinki, Finland, and a post-doctoral researcher in the project Law, Governance and Space: Questioning the Foundations of the Republican Tradition (funded by the European Research Council). He wrote his doctoral dissertation on Pompeian peristyle gardens.