A Mid-Republican House from Gabii

Rachel Opitz, Marcello Mogetta, and Nicola Terrenato, Editors
The first major publication from the international Gabii Project


Since 2009 the Gabii Project, an international archaeological initiative led by Nicola Terrenato and the University of Michigan, has been investigating the ancient Latin town of Gabii, which was both a neighbor of, and a rival to, Rome in the first millennium BC. The trajectory of Gabii, from an Iron Age settlement to a flourishing mid-Republican town to an Imperial agglomeration widely thought to be in decline, provides a new perspective on the dynamics of settlement in central Italy. This publication focuses on the construction, inhabitation, and repurposing of a private home at Gabii, built in the mid-Republican period. The remains of the house provide new information on the architecture and organization of domestic space in this period, adding to a limited corpus of well-dated examples. Importantly, the house's micro-history sheds light on the tensions between private and public development at Gabii as the town grew and reorganized itself in the mid- to late- Republican period transition. Published in digital form as a website backed up by a detailed database, the publication provides a synthesis of the excavation results linked to the relevant spatial, descriptive, and quantitative data.

The Gabii Project is supported by generous grants from the University of Michigan, the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, the National Endowment for the Humanities, FIAT-Chrysler, the National Geographic Society, the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and several private donors.

Rachel Opitz is Lecturer in Spatial Archaeometry at the School of Humanities, University of Glasgow.

Marcello Mogetta is Assistant Professor of Roman Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri.

Nicola Terrenato is Esther B. Van Deman Collegiate Professor of Roman Studies, University of Michigan.

Praise / Awards

  • "Indispensable reading for those seeking to understand urbanisation processes. Moreover, readers will be inspired by an innovative approach to fieldwork, analysis and presentation through a format that ... documents and explains the complexity of the archaeological evidence, both effectively and with clarity."
  • "The novel thing about this publication is the way in which it aims to integrate narrative text and interpretation with publication of as much data as possible, specifically through a series of 3D models ... thus providing a deeper, more meaningful introduction to the site – a private dwelling in the town dating to the mid-Republican period."
    --Internet Archaeology

Look Inside

Read the Introduction for free: https://doi.org/10.3998/mpub.9231782

A snapshot of the Gabii Project’s database is available to the public at https://doi.org/10.3998/gabii.1; it contains detailed quantitative data that is referenced in both the text and the 3D content.

News, Reviews, Interviews

Read: A Mid-Republican House from Gabii featured in Forbes (Link) | 2/20/2017
Read: The Gabii Project featured in Forbes (Link) | 6/22/2018
Read: "Unearthed Ruins Challenge Ideas About Ancient Romans" from Italy Magazine (Link) | 9/21/2013
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Read: article "Roman Buildings Grow Up" from Archaeology.org (Link) | January/February 2014
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Product Details

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  • Open Access
  • 2016
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-99900-2

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