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Differentiation in the Hellenistic houses of Delos: the question of functional areas

Monika Trümper
British School at Athens Studies
Vol. 15, BUILDING COMMUNITIES: House, Settlement and Society in the Aegean and Beyond (2007), pp. 323-334
Published by: British School at Athens
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40960602
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Abstract

In this contribution modes and aims of differentiation in Greek houses are examined in a case study of large peristyle houses in Hellenistic Delos. First, criteria for the differentiation of rooms are discussed and according to these all rooms are divided into three rough categories, lavish, unspecific-simple and service rooms. The multifunctionality of the first two categories in particular is demonstrated on the basis of potential dining rooms. Second, a study of the distribution of rooms demonstrates that clear-cut functional areas corresponding with the different room-categories were not established. Special attention is given to the usually neglected upper floors, as well as the ground-floor plans. Finally, the possible consequences for the organisation of households and the extent and forms of social life are discussed.

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