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Title: Luxury Living in the Praetorium on the Kops Plateau in Nijmegen
Subtitle: Quotations of Mediterranean Principles in Roman Provincial Architecture
Author(s): PETERSE, Kees
Journal: BABESCH
Volume: 80    Date: 2005   
Pages: 163-198
DOI: 10.2143/BAB.80.0.630024

Abstract :
The Augustan praetoriumon the Kops Plateau was a building of special status. Its orientation did not align with the encampment’s grid system and it was located at the edge of the encampment rather than at its center. As a result the major reception hall and the residential area of the building offered a view onto enemy territory in the distance. This exceptional scenery makes it plausible that the praetoriumwas intended for people who were involved in the overall strategy of the military campaigns. The praetoriumwas obviously affected by architectural features that were fashionable in the early Augustan era. This links the praetoriumto the remains of contemporary domestic architecture in the Mediterranean and Vitruvius’ recommendations on house architecture. During the last decades BC, the theory behind Vitruvius’ treatise can be seen in the architectural practice found in Pompeii and the praetoriumon the Kops Plateau.

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