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Big on buildings? Heritage Malta’s latest book is all about architecture and archaeology
‘Roman Architecture in Malta’ has been adapted from the author’s own Masters’ research.

Benjamin Abela

Any architecture fan would agree that old buildings are way more than just buildings – they’re repositories of information, teaching us about our past and predecessors.

For an outsider, the architecture and archaeology spheres might seem daunting, however Heritage Malta’s latest publication promises to solve that very problem.

Penned by Senior Curator David Cardona, ‘Roman Architecture in Malta’ distils countless hours of research in a highly engaging and easily digestible format for both the layman and the archaeology buff.

What did the ancient temple of Astharte at Tas-Silg really look like? Which strategic promontory on Malta featured a temple to Heracles? What was the function of each of the exquisitely mosaic-floored rooms in the Domvs Romana?

These are just a few of the questions that the book answers to equip its readers with a better, well-rounded understanding of Roman architecture on the Maltese islands.

Furthermore, the colourful reconstructions, maps, geographical index, diagrams, and images found within the book make it easy for the general public to understand Roman architecture within the context of its history and culture.

“Once I start writing, I often can’t stop,” said David. Given that no archaeological research is final, this bodes well for a second edition of ‘Roman Architecture in Malta’.

“You propose new theories and new findings in the hope that this can entice further research, which in turn provides new information,” he added.

David Cardona’s book is the culmination of nine years of hard work and has been adapted from the author’s own Masters’ research on the architectural decoration of Roman buildings in Malta.

It just so happens that this amazing book will be getting a formal launch very soon - and you can join in on the fun!

Join the Heritage Malta team on Friday 26th November from 6pm to 7pm to celebrate David Cardona's 'Roman Architecture in Malta'. The event will be held at the Gran Salon inside Valletta's National Museum of Archaeology and seats can be reserved from any Heritage Malta museum or site or by sending your details on [email protected].

The book can also be purchased from an Heritage Malta museum and site shop as well as on the Heritage Malta website.

Tag a history buff!

18th November 2021


Benjamin  Abela
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Benjamin Abela
Benjamin is a Writer at Content House Group. With his background in journalism, marketing, and the arts, Benjamin enjoys finding the human aspect to any story he gets a hold of. When he's not too busy writing his next article, you could probably find him playing with his cats or performing on a stage.

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