Roman Villa

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Roman Villa

  • History, Facts and information about Roman Villa
  • The times and people of Ancient Rome
  • Roman Villa Urbana
  • Roman Villa Rustica
  • Plan of a Roman Villa
  • Rooms of a Roman Villa
  • Life in a Roman Villa
  • Ancient history, facts and interesting information about the Romans
 

Roman Villa


History, Facts and Information about the Roman Villa

The content of this article provides interesting history, facts and information about the Roman Villa. There were many Roman villas of which there were basically two types - the the villa urbana and the villa rustica.

Roman Villa Urbana
The Roman Villa Urbana was a country house owned by wealthy Patricians that was in close proximity to Rome, or another city. Romans would stay at these villas for a night or two for a  break from the heat and town life.

Roman Villa Rustica
The Roman Villa Rustica was the farm house which was centred on estates owned by wealthy Romans. These were working farms which were occupied by slaves and trusted servants who had charge of the country estate.

Plan of a Roman Villa
The following plan of a Roman Villa indicates the the location of rooms in a small Roman Villa.

Plan of a Roman Villa
 

Entrance and Courtyard

Colonnaded Passageways

Slave Dormitories

General Use Bath AreaBath AreaGymnasium

Slave Dormitories

General Use

Kitchen

Bath Area

Slave Quarters

Large Courtyard

Stove

Well

Estate Manager's Quarters

Store Room

Dining Room

 

General Use

General Use

Reception, Main Living area

Gardens and Fountains
General Use
BedroomBedroomBedroomBedroom 

Main Bedroom

Gardens and Fountains

Plan of a Roman Villa

Rooms of a Roman Villa
The Roman Villas had high sloping roofs, covered with broad tiles, and there was usually an open space in the centre to provide light to the inner apartments. The windows were closed with blinds of linen or plates of horn, but more generally with shutters of wood. Only the very wealthy had glass windows. The lower floors of the villas were either inlaid marble or mosaic work. There were were the reception-rooms, dining room, general living areas, bedrooms, kitchen, stove, bath areas, servant quarters and slave dormitories.

Life in a Roman Villa
Life in a Roman Villa was the height of opulence and luxury for the wealthy owners with all the facilities and service which can only be expected from modern 5 star hotels. Some even had their own gymnasium. Food was of the best quality and freshly prepared by the slaves assigned to the villa. Life as a house slave was infinitely preferable to field slaves. They were better dressed, reflecting the status of their masters, and the work was often light requiring the duties of body slaves and personal servants. Field slaves were forced to work hard from dawn until dusk. Some country slaves had their heads shaven and their hair was used to produce wigs for wealthy Roman women. It was therefore a severe punishment for a town-slave to be sent into the country. 

Roman Villa
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Roman Villa

 
Roman Villa

  • History, Facts and information about Roman Villa
  • The times and people of Ancient Rome
  • Roman Villa Urbana
  • Roman Villa Rustica
  • Plan of a Roman Villa
  • Rooms of a Roman Villa
  • Life in a Roman Villa
  • Ancient history, facts and interesting information about the Romans

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