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The Roman House

The Roman House

Author: Erin Aldana

This lesson will discuss the importance of the home in Roman culture.

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Peristyle Garden; Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ricostruzione_del_giardino_della_casa_dei_vetii_di_pompei_(mostra_al_giardino_di_boboli,_2007)_04.JPG, Image of Impluvium in Reconstruction of the House of the Vettii, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pompeje_dom_perystyl.jpg, Herculaneum wall, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Herculaneum_Wall_1.Style.jpg, mural from Villa of the Mysteries, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pompeji-VillaOfMysteries.jpg, Image of Dionysiac Mystery Festival Wall Paintings, Pompeii, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pompejanischer_Maler_um_60_v._Chr._001.jpg, Lares altar, House of the Vetii, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vettii.jpg

Terms to Know
  • Atrium

    An open-roofed court in the center of an ancient Roman house.

  • Cubicula

    Square-shaped rooms in a Roman house.

  • Domus

    An ancient Roman house, usually for the wealthy.

  • Impluvium

    A rectangular basin for collecting rainwater, usually located in the middle of an atrium.

  • Lares and Penates

    Minor deities associated with the home in ancient Rome.

  • Peristyle Garden

    A garden located near a columned porch in a Roman house.