The Tarraco Biennial will focus on domestic architecture
Tarragona is about to commemorate the twenty-second anniversary of the declaration of World Heritage and, as usual on these dates, the theme of the sixth edition of the Tarraco Biennial has been announced, which will be held next year with the domestic architecture as a protagonist. "We know Tarragona from the great public monuments, such as the Amfiteatre or the Circ, but we do not think of the houses of the Romans," he said. Joaquín Ruiz de Arbulo, Professor of Classical Archeology at the URV.
Under the title 'Domus. The house as a factor of Romanization in the cities of Hispania', the congress will bring together national and international experts on this subject. The specific case of Tarragona and Empúries will be studied, as well as the Ebro Valley and the Maresme. In addition, specialists from other large cities in Hispania, such as Mérida, Córdoba and Cartagena.
Ruiz de Arbulo revealed some details about these domus, which "changed the habitat system", compared to the model of the old room in Iberian houses. As he explained, they were linked to the aristocracy, they had an interior covered patio (the atrium) and a space where the patron received visits (school). In addition to spaces such as bedrooms, bathrooms, and storage, they also had sewerage and running water. "It was a phenomenon similar to the semi-detached houses that also brought a new model of luxury, which implied comfort," he noted.
The director of the Catalan Institute of Classical Archeology (ICAC), Josep Maria Palet, He stressed that the organization of this event has been "an important milestone from the beginning, bringing together all the institutions in the field of research with a common objective." However, he pointed out that in terms of management this is still a "pending issue."
Palet acknowledged that "we have made important progress." A new collaboration agreement has recently been signed between the ICAC and the URV with the City Council. However, Ruiz de Arbulo stated that "we have learned that we can work together and that if there is any incident, the response can be agreed upon."