Courting Christianity for Political Gain? Religoius Politics and the Villa of Maxentius on the Via Appia
Steinberg, John Morgan
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Maxentius' villa is located on Rome's Via Appia Antica, a short distance outside the city wall. It sits in an area of Rome where one might not necessarily expect to find a monumental palatial complex. The area was primarily used for funerary purposes in Maxentius' time, and several times during my month on the project, I was able to tour the many Christian catacombs that dot the landscape around the Via Appia. It seems odd that Maxentius would place his villa in a primarily funerary, and primarily Christian sector of the city. I was struck by this odd juxtaposition of Christian funerary structures and a pagan imperial residence, and strove to investigate the matter further. The result is what follows, my investigation of why Maxentius' villa complex is situated where it is.Publicly accessible by permission of the author, 11/26/12.
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