The Rise and Fall of the Roman Villa Part 2

Birgitta Hoffmann

An exploration of the Roman idea of living in the countryside in the Eastern Empire

Romans saw themselves as a nation of farmers, who had suddenly got rich. Senators were assessed on their landholdings, and in the republic their involvement in trade was very much regulated.
Consequently, their houses in the country were frequently a combination of an economic unit producing surplus that could be sold at market as well as the residence (for at least part of the year) of the owner, who may or may not also be living in the town and be involved in government.
These ideas travelled with the Romans when their empire expanded and in the provinces were adapted to serve local traditions and climate requirements. This course is designed to explore the different aspects of Roman life in the country and how it changed over time. Each lecture is designed to stand on its own, but also to create a larger narrative over the course of the year.

In Part 2 we will focus on villa sites in the Easter Empire and Africa covering both the early and late Empire.

11th January The Roman Villa at Balácapuszta and the villas in the Kis-Alfoeld

18th January The Villa of Armira at Ivaylovgrad in Bulgaria

25th January The Villa of Herodes Atticus at Eua/Greece

1st February  Serjilla and the Rural settlement in Syria and Anatolia

8th February. Rural Settlement in Judaea

15th February Half-term

22nd February The Roman villa at Silin and the villas of North Africa

29th February  Apuleius’ Golden Ass and his account of living on rural villas

7th March Izola and the Coastal villas in Slovenia and northern Croatia

14th March Late Roman Villas in Danube Region

21st March The Imperial villa as  fort: Sarkamen, Romuliana and Split

Please note all lectures will be recorded and distributed to the participants at the beginning of the next week. This should allow participants from different time zones, or those working catching up with the lectures.

Day:     Thursdays:  Time:   19.00-21.00 pm GMT/BMT

10 weeks, starting 11th January 2024 to 21st March 2024 with one week break on 15th February 2024


Virtual Learning Environment: Zoom (The lectures are recorded)

Single lecture:

Price Early Bird Minimum No. Maximum No.
£12 8 50

Bookings for the whole course:

Price Early Bird Minimum No. Maximum No.
£120 8 50


To book, please use the attached order form or the Eventbrite link. ( for the series or for individual lectures. You can also contact Birgitta Hoffmann for the BACS details or a PayPal invoice.

Birgitta Hoffmann
55 Broadwalk, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5PL
email: mobile: 07377 791562

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