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CLANS (Cambridge Later Antquity Network Seminar)

Ian Haynes, (Newcastle University) - The transformation of Rome and the archaeology of the Lateran
When Jun 13, 2017
from 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street
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This paper considers the transformation of space and society in Rome from the second to the fifth century AD through a study of the Archbasilica of St John Lateran and its environs.   Founded under Constantine, the basilica Lateranensis represented a profoundly important step in the development of religious architecture, and a formative moment for a new topography of Rome.  Drawing on the results of extensive fieldwork and a major digital humanities-driven analysis of the site’s archaeology, the Constantinian transformation will be set in its broader chronological context.  The degree to which this transformation built upon a Severan remodelling of the city will be considered, as will the form of the fourth and fifth century growth of the Lateran quarter as a major Christian centre. 


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