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date: 30 September 2020

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This chapter examines the religious contexts of ancient Rome, with particular emphasis on the interrelationships among buildings, images, and rituals from the Republican to the Late Imperial period. It discusses the link between sacred spaces and architecture, along with public spaces and buildings and houses. In particular, it considers the role of Roman buildings in creating an appropriate setting for the performance of ritualized acts full of meaning for contemporary society. It also explores mural paintings, plaster decorations of ceilings, and floor mosaics in the domestic sphere.

Keywords: ancient Rome, architecture, buildings, houses, images, mural paintings, plaster decorations, public spaces, rituals, sacred spaces

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