David Balch is well-known for his research into early Christian house churches and families. This
innovative book is a collection of revised essays, which have been published separately elsewhere. It
focuses on the interconnections between Roman domestic art and early Christian traditions. The main
evidence comprises the frescoes and mosaics found in Italian domus (houses) and insulae (apartment
buildings), including the rich findings at the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, which were destroyed
by the grand eruption of the Vesuvius in 79 AD.
Book review : Roman Domestic Art and Early House Churches / David L. Balch. ISBN : 978-3-16-149383-6. Publisher : Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, 2008, pp. 296.