Spain under the Roman Empire

Spain under the Roman Empire

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Spain under the Roman Empire

Spain under the Roman Empire

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'Tecta corusca super rutilant De laquearibus aureolis, Saxaque cæsa solum variant, Floribus ut rosulenta putes Prata rubescere multimodis.'

PRUDENTIUS.

NATIVE architecture was of a rude but durable character, which underwent few changes through the whole of the Roman age. Several prehistoric settlements have been excavated, some perhaps dating from the end of the Neolithic or beginning of the Bronze eras. A good example is that of Ifre in south-east Spain. The houses were clustered together on a hill defended by escarpments and a walled enclosure. Some traces of stairs remain; the walls are constructed of small irregular stones joined by mud or clay. Pavements are of mud, the roofs were flat, of reeds and branches held together with esparto grass, and supporting a layer of mud. Jagged flint instruments, millstones, and ovens are found; and later bracelets and ivory ornaments, which prove that the inhabitants had become comparatively civilized. Near by are tombs containing cinerary urns, as well as flint blades, arrow-heads, or axes. Another settlement at Citania in the north-west . . .

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