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Roman houses – Ancient Rome

By |2018-12-04T13:02:33+00:00August 27th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

A model of a typical house (from Egypt) Living in one room Most people in the Roman Empire lived with their whole family in one room of a sort of small apartment house. These were built, like many cheap apartment houses in the United States today, around two or three sides of a courtyard, one or [...]

What is a cloister? Medieval architecture

By |2018-03-14T09:21:41+00:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Cloister at Moissac (ca. 1100 AD, southern France) Cloisters were a medieval kind of building that developed out of Greek and then Roman peristyles. A cloister is a courtyard garden inside a building. Often people grew herbs or fruit or flowers in the garden. Around the sides of the courtyard there is a covered walkway, with a waist-high wall between [...]

What is a peristyle? Greek architecture

By |2017-07-02T01:15:33+00:00July 2nd, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|

Peristyle in the House of the Vettii (Pompeii, 79 AD) A peristyle is a courtyard with a covered walkway all the way around it, with columns holding up the ceiling so you can see out into the garden. Peri means "around" and style means "column", so a peristyle is a place with columns [...]