chapter  1
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Aims and scope of the book

Anyone confronted with a new book on Roman villas must ask whether anythingnew can be said, given that two Empire-wide studies exist, one by A.G. McKay of every kind of house and another by John Percival of the villa as a social and economic institution;1 and these are supplemented by innumerable regional surveys. Yet the question can be answered positively, for this book has an entirely different purpose and method.