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The Chora of Metaponto 4: The Late Roman Farmhouse at San Biagio
by Erminia Lapadula
edited by Joseph Coleman Carter
University of Texas Press, 2012
Cloth: 978-0-292-72877-6 | eISBN: 978-0-292-72256-9
Library of Congress Classification DG70.M52L36 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 937.773


This volume in the Institute of Classical Archaeology's series on rural settlements in the countryside (chora) of Metaponto presents the excavation of the Late Roman farmhouse at San Biagio. Located near the site of an earlier Greek sanctuary, this modest but well-appointed structure was an unexpected find from a period generally marked by large landholdings and monumental villas. Description of earlier periods of occupation (Neolithic and Greek) is followed by a detailed discussion of the farmhouse itself and its historical and socioeconomic context. The catalogs and analyses of finds include impressive deposits of coins from the late third and early fourth centuries AD. Use of virtual reality CAD software has yielded a deeper understanding of the architectural structure and its reconstruction. A remarkable feature is the small bath complex, with its examples of window glass. This study reveals the existence of a small but viable rural social and economic entity and alternative to the traditional image of crisis and decline during the Late Imperial period.

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