chapter  1
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Rome made aggressive use of buildings. Few societies have so richly documented their social arrangements, their beliefs and their vanities in architectural form. The lavishly decorated Roman house with its hierarchical use of space, its command of the contemporary landscape and its complex use of classical form was rich with meaning. The first purpose of this chapter is to consider why architecture was so important to Rome. Why were houses so vocal and what kind of messages were intended?