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Homes for the well-off Roman Citizens were known as "Domus".

These were brick built houses with a second floor. They would have had a red tiled roof.

The domus would be arranged around a central courtyard, or "Atrium" with balconies over-looking the Atrium.

The Atrium was a part covered courtyard with a water-feature in the centre! The water-feature would collect rain water for the domus through a hole in the roof.

The domus would be decorated with paintings on the walls and beautiful mosaics on the floors.

These wealthy people would have a toilet and private bath within the domus, a luxury that was denied the poorer Roman Citizens, and thus the great majority of Ancient Rome's occupants.

Other rooms in the domus might include an office, a temple for worship, a library, several bedrooms, a dining room and a kitchen.

Largest "Domus", owned by Ancient Rome's wealthiest citizens would have a peristyle, or collonaded garden, with fountains, flowers, statues and wall paintings.

Most of these "Domus" would have been plumbed in and had running water and sewage disposal.... some even had central heating from underfloor hypocausts, though most would have been warmed by movable charcoal and wood-fired braziers.

Scroll down the page to see a list of the latin names for the different parts of a Roman House.

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Here are the latin names for the different parts of a Roman Domus.

atrium formal entrance hall

ala "wings" opening from atrium

cubiculum small room; bedroom

culina kitchen

exedra garden room

peristylium colonnaded garden

taberna shop

tablinum office; study

triclinium dining room

vestibulum entrance hall


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