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Roman Villa of Capo di Sorrento

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Repository Name: Roman Villa of Capo di Sorrento
Additional Name: SORR
Description: In Roman times, the Gulf of Naples was brimming with luxurious houses along the bay. The Roman Villa of Capo di Sorrento is an example par excellence for the maritime Villae. Located on a protruding rock, surrounded almost completely by the sea, it forms the prominent landmark of the southern end of gulf of Sorrento. The well preserved state of the monument and the results of the research campaigns of 2014 and 2015 allow new assumptions of the original layout of the structure, the design of the decorative program as well as the appearance of the yet lesser known pars rustica. Enormous cisterns on the terraces overlooking the Cape speak for an intensive use of water in both the agricultural and the luxurious part of the Villa. The aforementioned terraces which until today dominate the appearance of the Cape are a key to the understanding of the manner in which the owner and his architect changed and (re-)designed the natural outline of this very special place - a central topic in Roman villegiatura and the respective literary sources.

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License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 DE

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Creators: Stephan Schmid
Publisher: Edition Topoi
Institutions: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Excellence Cluster Topoi EXC 264, DFG
Subject: 101 Ancient Cultures, 102 History
Subject Scheme: DFG

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Access: open
License: Creative Commons

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Entry Date: 2016-04-18
Last Update: 2016-04-18