Roman World 800BC-AD324

Domestic Luxury

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From about 500 BC, the small, central Italian state of Rome grew within just a few centuries into a great imperial power. Some individuals became personally wealthy through the expansion of Rome – either directly from the fruits of conquest, or indirectly from the business opportunities the empire offered. Using costly materials such as coloured marble to decorate the house was a way of displaying this wealth, and showed an ability to gather material from far and wide.

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The Fitzwilliam Museum : Roman World 800BC-AD 324

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