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Two issues, in particular, merit further attention. In the first place we need to review the evidence of the accommodation in order to describe the likely composition of the Romano-British household. It will be argued that the Romano-British domestic arrangements were not evidently different to those found in the Roman Italy and that we are not therefore able to conclude that different patterns of family structure and tenure applied in Britain. Finally our attention can turn to the critical issue of how power and status were expressed in Roman Britain. Here it is concluded that RomanoBritish houses provided a setting for a society that subscribed to the Roman ideal and drew on Roman architectural tradition in the display of rank and power. In both areas of study the evidence of house design has an important contribution to make, but also needs to be set into its broader context.