Roman houses in Augusta Emerita: town-planning and residential architecture models

Álvaro Corrales Álvarez
PYRENAE, vol. 53 núm. 1 (2022) (p. 177-201)
DOI: 10.1344/Pyrenae2022.vol53num1.8

This paper proposes to undertake a new reflection on Roman architectural models and their transmission in the case of the private houses of Augusta Emerita (Mérida, Spain), through the filter of a range of house types of Mediterranean tradition. The foundation of the colonia Augusta Emerita in the first century BC led to the assimilation of the construction typologies of residences focused on atria and peristyles, successful models tested across the Empire. From an architectural point of view, the houses of Augusta Emerita do not belong only to the Italian tradition, but present elements of different characterization.

KEYWORDS: HOUSES, URBAN LAYOUT, GIS, LUSITANIA, 1ST CENTURY BC-4TH CENTURY AD