Introduction: Lived spaces in late antiquity

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Space is a fundamental dimension of human experience. This chapter reviews different approaches to space in late antique studies, arguing that focusing on space might provide a new and invaluable light into the archaeology, history, and culture of the late antique period. Mobilising cultural, economic, and political resources, space is a social construct that brings together different and often contradictory historical dynamics, including diverse social groups. In turn, space shapes social life and its hierarchies. As such, “lived space” is a key perspective for the study of Late Antiquity, which allows scholars from different disciplines to reconsider this crucial historical period beyond traditional dichotomies between continuity and change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLived spaces in late antiquity
EditorsCarlos Machado, Rowan Munnery, Rebecca Sweetman
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780429427152
ISBN (Print)9781138385306, 9781032704357
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2024


  • Late antiquity
  • Urban space
  • Lived spaces
  • Archaeology


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