The Domus

The Roman house was also open to outsiders and was the site of the owner's social representation. The findings of this room tell the story of a typical city domus, with its atrium, garden, dining rooms and bedrooms.

The Roman house was the place where the owner's social status was enacted. By day, the doors of the house were open and passers-by were able to have glimpses of the interior. The bright atrium, which was the first room of the domus, was where the clientes were received, who ran errands for the master, and flocked to his house from early morning to hail him. Behind the atrium was the peristyle, a large colonnaded porch that surrounded the garden of the house. Here, shaded by pergolas and exotic plants, people walked and conversed. Also overlooking the peristyle were the triclinia, dining rooms so called because they were furnished with three 3-seater couches around a low table, where diners ate reclined. Almost all the rooms of stately homes were decorated with frescoes on the walls and mosaics on the floor.

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