Identification of space through a study of mosaics: A case study, Knossos, Crete

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Thus far little synthetic work has been undertaken on collating the surviving material culture of Roman Knossos, resulting in a poor understanding of the social nature of the colony. As recent scholarship shows, one aspect of a study of Roman society is through spatial analysis. The nature of the excavation process at Knossos has in may respects left a dearth of Roman architecture and other material culture pertinent to a study of use of space. Consequently, in many cases mosaics survive as the only evidence by which to define architectural space. Taking into consideration the problems of such an analysis, this paper will show, using Knossos as a test case, how the application of such a study can add to the dialogue concerning certain aspects of Roman society, but at the same time highlighting its limitations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding Communities: House, Settlement and Society in the Aegean and Beyond
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of a Conference held at Cardiff University, 17–21 April 2001
EditorsR Westgate, N Fisher, J Whitley
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBritish School at Athens
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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