Roman Houses

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Roman Houses:

Roman Houses By: Taylor Slowik

Roman House Labeled::

Roman House Labeled: A atrium Al ala C cubiculum Cu culina E exedra P peristylium T taberna Ta tablinum Tri triclinium V vestibulum

A: Atrium- Formal entrence hall:

A: Atrium- Formal entrence hall The atrium was a perfect setting from the heat of the Mediterranean. The atrium was open to the sky, letting fresh air in to circulate throughout the rooms of the house. In the atrium was a small pool called the impluvium that would catch rainwater, and in the peristylium , the rain would water the plants.

Al: ala- "wings" opening from atrium:

Al: ala- "wings" opening from atrium These were open rooms on the side of the atrium. There purpose in the house is unknown but there is a theory they were used to let light into the house. They were built-in into the house as a tradition, rather than for a purpose.

C: cubiculum- small room; bedroom:

C: cubiculum- small room; bedroom To the Romans bedrooms were not very important compared to the other rooms of the house. The ceilings were arched and low, making the room feel very confined. Sometimes in front of the bedroom, there was a procoeton , where a personal servant would sleep.

E: exedra- garden room:

E: exedra- garden room The Exeda was a garden room that opened onto a Stoa , with curved stone benches, an appropriate place for a philosophical conversation. It also included semicircular seating.

P: peristylium- colonnaded garden:

P: peristylium - colonnaded garden An open courtyard with columns surrounding the garden and the inner walls often decorated with elaborate wall paintings. It might also have contained flowers and shrubs, fountains, benches, sculptures and even fish ponds.

T: taberna- shop:

T: taberna - shop The taberna had its own entrance from the outside and didn't lead into the interior of the house. The little rooms could be used as shops. Usually there was a brick counter to display goods near the entrance. Inside there was usually a back room.

Ta: tablinum- office; study:

Ta: tablinum - office; study A large reception room of the house. It was in between the atrium and the peristylium . The tablinum normally had no wall separating it from the atrium and the peristylium . It was only by a curtain in between the other rooms. In the earlier times, the tablinum would have been the office of the family.

Tri: triclinium- dining room:

Tri: triclinium - dining room The triclinium was a Roman dining room, eaten in. In earlier times their meals were eaten in the atrium.

V: vestibulum- entrance hall:

V: vestibulum - entrance hall A regular Roman house didn't open onto the road, but in a small passage way, called the vestibulum .

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