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Title: Domus Fulminata
Subtitle: The House of the Thunderbolt at Ostia (III, viii, 3-5)
Author(s): VAN DER MEER, L.B.
Journal: BABESCH
Volume: 80    Date: 2005   
Pages: 91-112
DOI: 10.2143/BAB.80.0.630020

Abstract :
The unique peristyle building called the Domus Fulminata, generally dated between AD 65 and 75, is not a guild seat but a tripartite building with a private, religious, and commercial function. As it is connected with a mausoleum, built c. 30 BC, and belonging in all probability to P. Lucilius Gamala (‘senior’), it is very likely that the Domus Fulminata was constructed by one of his descendants, P. Lucilius Gamala, duovir in AD 71. The Lucilii Gamalae may have honoured their famous ancestor by holding meetings on the masonry biclinium in the peristyle, and by sacrificing at the altar on the base between the couches, in front of the aedicula. After the second century the core of the building was provided with marble decorations, just like the luxurious late Roman domus of the third and fourth centuries.

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