Chad Peltier Athenian Homes

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Chad Peltier Anthropology Extra Credit October 7 th 2008 SLC room 248 Athenian Homes By: Dr. Barbara Tsakirgis 6 th century Athenian households were small, with only 3 or so rooms. Thus the space outside the home was important- cooking, playing, etc. Later this free space became more private – part of the house which is directly linked to social changes (i.e. becoming more private socially). Homes were built upon a stone wall (short) and adobe mud brick on top with a tiled roof. The adobe cannot be wet – or else it is turned back into mud- why we only have the small stone sachem. Some homes during the Archaic age had odd angles because of both pre existing roads and roof problems. Extra rooms were
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Unformatted text preview: added at odd angles at different times, usually to accommodate new roads or construction. The hearth was quite important in Athenian homes because special events like new slaves, births, and weddings took place around the hearth. Vestibules were important in Athenian houses for privacy and perhaps seclusion – for women in particular. There were several cesspits in this particular city block. Sanitation workers of the city were employed to empty these pits away from the city. It is said that the best way to build a house is to have the entrances facing the south for important rooms. These inferences were made from sparse remains, generally just the bottom stone pediment....
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