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Ancient Roman Homes | Houses in Ancient Rome __ An overview of the evolution of Roman homes from the earliest times through the empire. - illustrated - From - 


ancient roman homes, houses, villas and apartments __ You will find descriptions of Roman homes and the evolution of the Roman home from early Republic through empire.  Many embedded links to additional information. - From - 

Ancient Rome: Houses and Shops __ "From the grandest villa to the vilest tenements, the living residences of Ancient Rome continue to strike a sense of wonder into the hearts of those who lay eyes upon them. Over the centuries, Roman houses developed into a unique and functional style all their own." Here you can learn about them all, from townhouse to villa. - From -

Ancient Rome for Kids - Roman Houses __ An overview of styles of Roman housing, with a sample house plan, for the younger student. - From -


Ancientvine - Virtual Roman House 3D Reconstruction __ Video 'fly-through' of 3D virtual reconstruction of a Roman house. - illustrated - From Ancientvine -

Art in the Roman Home __ Learn about the use of art in middle and upper class Roman homes and even how the art differed from room to room. "Maybe, at your house, your little sister has fingerpaintings she did in kindergarten hanging on the refrigerator, or maybe you have a picture in a frame of you and your brother on the coffee table. There are little pieces of artwork all around our houses today, and it was very much the same in Ancient Rome." - illustrated - From -

Chedworth Roman Villa Photos __ Small gallery of annotated, click-to-enlarge Chedworth Roman Villa photos. Chedworth Roman villa pictures - illustrated - From -


Domus __ An encyclopedic article about upper-class Roman homes. - illustrated - From Wikipedia -  

Domus: the ancient Roman home __ "Ancient Roman private homes, particularly those remains extant in the ruins of Pompeii, are models of gracious living, combining some of the finest elements of art and nature...We'll explore the domus and villa, room by room, and attempt to reconstruct the daily life of the ancient Romans at home." - illustrated - From -



Homes __ A look at Roman homes designed for the younger student. - illustrated - From -

Rome Exposed - Roman Houses __ "Roman houses evolved from the thatched-roof huts of the original Roman civilizations to the sumptuous villas of the late Empire. We can trace the evolution of these houses through allusions in literature, and especially through archeological remains." A good overview of Roman homes. - From -

Roman Apartment Building __ "This is a model of an apartment building (insula, literally "island") in Ostia, the port city of Rome. Note the shops on the first floor. Since Rome and other Italian cities had limited space for development, the only way to go was up (as in NY City). The most desirable apartments, however, were not on the top story, but on the lowest." A good look at how the majority of urban Romans lived. - illustrated - From -



Roman Apartments __ Learn how the majority of people in the ancient City of Rome lived. "Poorer Roman citizens lived in apartments or flats often above shops. Entire families would share one room. These Roman Apartments at the time of the Emperor Hadrian were the most common form of housing accomodation [sic] for Ancient Romans." - 

Roman Homes __ Here is a general look at ancient Roman housing along with some very interesting reconstructions. - illustrated - From -

Roman House __ Click on the rooms in this plan for more information about each area of the Roman house. - From Barbara F. McManus, The College of New Rochelle - 

The Roman House __ You will find a diagram of a Roman house and explanation of terms used. - illustrated - From -  
Roman Houses __ A good overview of ancient Roman housing and homes. "The private houses of the Romans were relatively modest and simple building prior to the conquest of the East, when vast wealth began to pour into the city. Many houses of immense size were then erected, adorned with columns, paintings, statues, and costly works of art. Some of these houses are said to have cost as much as two million denarii." This and more. - From -

Roman Houses __ A brief look at Roman houses in Britain and access to a lot more information about Roman Britain. "Before the Roman Empire paid their visit, most houses in Great Britain would have been rounded reed huts with beaten dirt floors. Roman Houses however, were a step upwards as far as creature comforts were concerned - especially if you were wealthy." - From - 

Roman Houses __ You will find an overview of Roman houses. "Roman houses were so well built, if you were rich, that many examples of Roman houses exist throughout the Roman Empire. If you were poor in Rome, you lived in simple flats or apartments - the inside of these places was symbolic of your lack of wealth. These flats were known as insulae and only contained two rooms at the most. People tended to use them only for sleeping as they had to work, visit the baths (as their flats had no running water) and they usually ate in local inns as cooking in these flats was not safe." - illustrated - From -


Roman Houses - History for Kids __ Here is an excellent introduction to ancient Roman housing for younger students. - illustrated - From -

Roman Insulae (Apartments) - History for Kids! __ "In big cities, most Romans lived in apartment buildings we call insulae (IN-sue-lie), or islands (because they often took up a whole city block). During the 100's AD, there were almost 50,000 apartment buildings in Rome (mostly with many families living in them), and fewer than 2000 private houses." A very brief introduction to Roman apartments for younger students along with study hints. - From -

Roman Slaves Homes __ "Slaves had no rights in ancient Rome Rome and it very much depended on their owners and masters as to where they lived and slept." You will find that there was a wide divide between the way some slaves lived and others. A lot of other information about the Roman Empire and the Emperor Hadrian too. - From -



Roman villa __ "A Roman villa is a villa that was built or lived in during the Roman Empire. The Empire contained many kinds of villas. Some were pleasure houses such as those like Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, that were sited in the cool hills within easy reach of Rome or on picturesque sites overlooking the Bay of Naples. Some villas were more like the country houses of Early Modern England, France or Poland, the visible seat of power of a local magnate, such as the famous palace rediscovered at Fishbourne in Sussex." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -

Roman Villa and Mosaics, Libya - Travel Photos __ Gallery of annotated, large photos of a Roman villa and its decoration. Pictures of a Roman villa - illustrated - From - 

Roman Villas __ "Roman Villas were the homes of the wealthy, and could be filled with every creature comfort imaginable." An overview of these large Roman homes. - From -

Roman Villas in England __ "Roman villas in England. Part of the English architecture guide at Britain Express, includes major Roman villas to visit in England." - illustrated - From -

Roman Villas Domestic Operatives __ A brief look at natural lighting and air circulation in a large Roman house. - illustrated - From unknown - 


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