The Roman Villa: Definitions And Variations

Rothe, Ursula (2018). The Roman Villa: Definitions And Variations. In: Marzano, Annalisa and Métraux, Guy P. R. eds. The Roman Villa in the Mediterranean Basin: Late Republic to Late Antiquity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 42–58.




The term villa had multiple meanings in Latin and many manifestations in Roman history as well as Mediterranean-wide variations in the archaeological record. In fact, the establishment of a precise definition already preoccupied ancient authors such as Cato and Varro, and modern scholars continue to debate how it can be applied to what kinds of buildings. While we may still be far from finding a universal definition, both the written and the archaeological record can point us in the right direction.

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