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Domestic Space in the Roman World: Bibliography

  • For good overviews, see the books by Barton, Ellis, Hales , Nevett and McKay
    For crucial interpretations, see Clarke, Wallace-Hadrill & Zanker and the papers collected in Lawrence & Wallace-Hadrill.

    Allison, P. M., Pompeian households : an analysis of material culture (2004)
    Barton, I. M., ed., Roman Domestic Buildings (1996)
    Beard, M. and Henderson, J., Classical Art, from Greece to Rome (2001)
    B. Bergmann, ‘Art and nature in the villa at Oplontis’ in T. A. McGinn ed,
    Pompeian brothels, Pompeii’s Ancient history, mirrors and mysteries

    (Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplement 47, 2002) 87-120.Bergmann, B. ‘Exploring the Grove: Pastoral Space on Roman Walls’, in Hunt, The Pastoral Landscape (Washington 1992), 21-48

Bergmann. B. The Roman House as Memory Theater: The House of the Tragic Poet in Pompeii, The Art Bulletin, v. 76 no. 2 (1994) 225-256

Bergmann, B & Kondoleon, K.eds., The Art of Ancient Spectacle (1999)
Berry, J. The Complete Pompeii (2007)

Boatwright, M., Hadrian and the City of Rome (Princeton, 1987)

Boethius, A., The Golden House of Nero (Michigan, 1960)
Bon, S. E. & Jones, R. ed., Sequence and Space in Pompeii (Oxford, 1997)
Brilliant, R., Visual Narratives (1984)
Campbell, S., The Mosaics of Antioch (1988)
Claridge, A., Rome. An Oxford Archaeological Guide (1998)
Clarke, J.R., The Houses of Roman Italy (1991)
Cleary, S. E. Chedworth. Life in the Roman Villa. (The History Press 2013)
Cohen, A., The Alexander Mosaic (Cambridge, 1997)
Cooley, A.E., Pompeii (London, 2003)
Cooley, A.E. and Cooley, M.G.L., Pompeii: A sourcebook (London, 2004)
D’Ambra, E., Art and Identity in the Roman World (1998)
D’Ambra, E., Roman Art in Context. An Anthology (1993)
Deiss, J. J., Herculaneum
De la Bedoyere, G. Cities of Roman Italy (2010)
Du Prey, P., The Villas of Pliny from Antiquity to Posterity (1994)
Dunbabin, K. M. D., Mosaics of the Greek and Roman World (1999)
Dunbabin, K. M. D., The Mosaics of Roman North Africa (1978)
Dunbabin, K. M. D., The Roman Banquet (2003)
Dwyer, E. J., Pompeian Domestic Sculpture (1982)
Edwards, C., The Politics of Immorality (Cambridge, 1993)
Ellis, S. P., Roman Housing (2000)
Elsner, J., Art and Text in Roman Society (Cambridge, 1996)
Elsner, J., Art and the Roman Viewer (1995)
Elsner, J., Imperial Rome and Christian Triumph (1998)
Farrar, L., Ancient Roman Gardens (1998)
Flower, H., Ancestor Masks and Aristocratic Power in Roman Culture (1996)
Gazda, E., Roman Art in the Private Sphere (1991)
Hughes, A. & Ranfft, E., Sculpture and its Reproductions (London, 1997)
Hales, S. The Roman House and Social Identity (Cambridge, 2003)
Jashemski, W. & MacDougall, E. B. Ancient Roman Gardens (1981)
Jenkins, I., Archaeologists and Aesthetes (London, 1992)
Kampen, N. B. ed., Sexuality in Ancient Art (Cambridge, 1996)
Kleiner, D. E. E., Roman Sculpture (1992)
Kondoleon, C., Domestic and Divine: Roman Mosaics in the House of Dionysos (1995)
Kondoleon, C., Antioch, The Lost Ancient City (2000)
Laurence, R. & Wallace-Hadrill, A., Domestic Space in the Roman World (1997)
Laurence, R., Roman Pompeii: Space and Society (1994)
Leach, E. W., The social life of painting in Ancient Rome and on the bay of the Naples (Cambridge 2004)
Leach, E. W., The Rhetoric of Space (1988)
Ling, R., Ancient Mosaics (1998)
Ling, R., Roman Painting (1991)
MacDonald, W., & Pinto, J., Hadrian’s Villa and its Legacy (1995)
MacDougell, E. B. ed., Ancient Roman Villa Gardens (1987)
McKay, A. M., Houses, Villas and Palaces in the Roman World (paperback ed. 1998)
Meiggs, R., Roman Ostia (2nd edition, 1973)
Neudecker, R., Die Skulpturen-Ausstattung der romischer Villen in Italien (1988)
Nevett, L., Domestic space in Classical Antiquity (2010)Newby, Z. Greek Myths in Roman Art and Culture (Cambridge 2016) (online: ebook)
Newby, Z. 'Absorption and erudition in Philostratus' Imagines' in E. Bowie & J. Elsner (eds.) Philostratus (Cambridge, 2009).
Newby, Z. 'Landscape and Identity in the Mosaics of Antioch' in C. Adams & J. Roy eds., Travel, geography and Ancient Greece, Egypt and the Near East (Oxbow, Oxford 2007).
Newby, Z. ‘Testing the boundaries of ekphrasis: Lucian On the Hall’, Ramus 31 (2002) 126–35.
Percival, J., The Roman Villa (2nd ed., 1981)
Pollitt, J., Art in the Hellenistic Age (1986)
Richardson, L., Pompeii, An Architectural History (1988)
Ridgway, Roman Copies of Greek Sculpture (1984)
Schnapp, A. The Discovery of the Past (1997)
Sear, F., Roman Architecture (1982)
Slater, W., Dining in a classical context (1991)
Spencer, D. Roman Landscape. Culture and Identity (Cambridge 2010)

Stackelberg, K. T. von, The Roman Garden

Smith, J. T., Roman Villas. A Study in Social Structure ( 1997)
Wallace-Hadrill, A., Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum (1994)
Wyke, M. & Biddiss, M. eds., The Uses and Abuses of Antiquity (1999)
Zanker, P., Pompeii, Public and Private Life (eng trans, 1998)

Web resources is a good collection of images of Pompeii. is a scholarly website on Ostia is a database of houses and artefacts in Pompeii, linked to P. M. Allison's research on Pompeian Households


Many of the items listed here have been made available online by the Library in course extracts and can be accessed here.