in apartments called flats. For those who had businesses, these
would be above their business. If their building had more then
two stories, they would rent out the upper floors to other plebeians.
These type flats were usually spacious and pleasant. Sometimes they
even had running water.
If you were just a workman or
unemployed, your apartment was not nearly so nice. The poorer
people were crowded into one room flats, and had to haul their water in from
the local fountain. There would be no bathroom or toilets; they
had to use the public bathrooms. They would cook, sleep, and eat
in the single room, with sometimes 15 or 20 people in one room. Fires
were frequent as was disease and epidemics.
Patricians, the rich nobles, lived differently. While
the whole family (parents, children, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.)
all lived in the same house, this house would have rooms for all of
them. The house would be built with an open area in the center,
the courtyard, where most of the cooking and eating took place.
There would be rooms for entertaining as well as an atrium. The
homes were frequently made of brick or sandstone blocks, with tiled roofs
and growing plants around.
They would have offices if needed and
maybe even a private bath. There would be paintings, sculptures and
mosaics around. If they were wealthy enough, there would be slaves
to do all the cleaning and cooking.
Sample Plan of a Roman House
Towns and Homes