House Museums in ancient Rome and the memoria of Clement

British School at Rome
via Antonio Gramsci 61

Data evento
10 Aprile 2024

Romans were extremely interested in the genealogy of their houses. Changes of ownership were remembered, documented, and occasionally misrepresented. Certain houses were treated with something akin to a heritage mentality, and on occasion were even musealised. The lecture focuses on a late first-century house in Regio III whose multiple identities led, through a combination of erudition and confusion, to the dedication of a prominent early Christian church at the end of the fourth century.