LIVING AND DWELLING UNDER THE ROMAN ROOF IN THE EASTERN EMPIRE: DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE IN PROVINCIAL SYRIA

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2022-6
Ayatar, Esra
This thesis examines the domestic architecture and the practices of daily life in the eastern extent of the Roman Empire. It documents the Roman period houses in their urban, social, cultural, and architectural contexts. The discussion is elaborated in reference to Antioch on the Orontes, Apamea on the Orontes, Zeugma, Palmyra, and Dura-Europos; all of which were in the Roman province of Syria. The study covers a time span between the Hellenistic period and the end of antiquity, roughly between 300 BC and 650 AD, and it illustrates the continuities, changes, and transformations in the design and use of the residential buildings throughout the Roman period with reference to the political, economic, and social dynamics of the region. Within this geographical and chronological perspective and through a comparative framework, it elaborates the common, disparate, and enduring features, site-specific issues, and cultural and architectural assimilations within the domestic contexts of the eastern Roman world. By doing this it also aims to place the local evidence into the wider imperial context and to provide new contextual insights and a more inclusive framework for the current debates on Roman domestic architecture.

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E. Ayatar, “LIVING AND DWELLING UNDER THE ROMAN ROOF IN THE EASTERN EMPIRE: DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE IN PROVINCIAL SYRIA,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2022.