chapter  15
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Patterns of villa development

In the preceding chapters the development of the several kinds of house has beenillustrated by reference to phases of individual villas without, usually, recounting their whole history. Now certain kinds of change to which scattered reference has been made will be described in more detail, mainly through the story of particular villas, to bring out their social implications. A suitable beginning will be with the most universal kind of house in the Roman Empire, the hall open from floor to roof-ridge, warmed by an open hearth and ranging in size from very small to very large.