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Title: The Caseggiato del miltreo di Lucrezio Menandro (I iii 5)
Subtitle: A Case-study of Wall Painting in Ostia
Author(s): OOME, Neeltje
Volume: 82 Issue: 1 Date: 2007
Following large-scale excavations at Ostia in the first half of the 20th century (more specifically between 1938 and 1942), archaeologists studying the discovered paintings primarily focused on the analysis of stylistic features, but generally failed to consider their architectural context. However, in the latter half of the century, with stylistic considerations still predominating, an increasing concern with the architectural context of painted decorations
was nonetheless underway.
Following in the footsteps of Mols’ work at the Caseggiato degli Aurighi (III x 1), the current article seeks to embrace these changing views and explore the wall paintings in the Caseggiato del mitreo di Lucrezio Menandro (I iii 5) at Ostia, paying particular attention to their architectural context. This not only carries with it the ability to more accurately date the paintings, but also the potential to attribute certain social functions to them.