Villa Landscapes in the Roman North

Economy, Culture and Lifestyles

Edited by Nico Roymans and Ton Derks

Edited by Nico Roymans and Ton Derks

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

332 pages | 100 color plates | 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 | © 2011
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9789089643483 Published December 2012 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
This anthology presents a synthesis of recent research on villas and villa landscapes in the northern provinces of the Roman world. It offers an original, multidimensional perspective on the social, economic, and cultural functioning of the Roman villa, locating it as the dual core of a rural estate and of cultural activity in the post-conquest landscapes of the Gaul and southeastern Britain. Themes discussed include the economic basis of villa-dominated landscapes, rural slavery, town-country dynamics, the role of monumental burials in villa landscapes, as well as self-representation and lifestyles of villa owners. This study also offers a new interpretation of mortuary evidence found in Roman villas of the region.
Contents
Preface

Introductory Essay
Studying Roman villa landscapes in the 21st century. A multi-dimensional approach
      Nico Roymans and Ton Derks
Studies of Late Iron Age/Roman Transition
Reflections on the Iron Age background to the emergence of villa landscapes in northern France
      Colin Haselgrove
Exploring villa development in the northern provinces of the Roman empire
      Diederick Habermehl
On the origin and development of axial villas with double courtyards in the Latin West
      Nico Roymans and Diederick Habermehl
Essays on Social Reconstruction
Town-country dynamics in Roman Gaul. The epigraphy of the ruling elite
      Ton Derks
Ethnic recruitment, returning veterans and the diffusion of Roman culture among rural populations in the Rhineland frontier zone
      Nico Roymans
Indications for rural slavery in the northern provinces
      Nico Roymans and Marenne Zandstra
The idea of the villa. Reassessing villa development in south-east Britain
      Jeremy Taylor
Interpretation of Mortuary Evidence
The role of mortuary ritual in the construction of social boundaries by privileged social groups within villa landscapes
      Laura Crowley
Monumental funerary structures of the 1st to 3rd centuries associated with Roman villas in the area of the Treveri
      Jean Krier and Peter Henrich
Regional Studies
Roman rural settlements in Flanders. Perspectives on a ‘non-villa’ landscape in extrema Galliarum
      Wim De Clercq
Evaluating settlement patterns and settlement densities in the villa landscapes between Tongres and Cologne
      Karen Jeneson
The villa landscape of the Middle Aare valley and its spatial and chronological development
      Caty Schucany
Roman villa landscapes of the lignite mining areas in the hinterland of Cologne
      Wolfgang Gaitzsch
Studies of Individual Sites
The Roman villa complex of Reinheim, Germany
      Florian Sarateanu-Müller
The Roman villa at Borg. Excavation and reconstruction
      Bettina Birkenhagen

List of contributors
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