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Ancient Greek houses

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Classical Civilization Essay On Ancient Greek Houses Part A A typical Greek house was a lot different to our houses today. The actual walls of the house were made from sunbaked bricks which were built on stone foundations; some houses even had a second storey. Roofs were made of tiles and windows were only a square hole with no glass, often rather high up. The windows were built high to avoid dust getting into the house on very dry, hot days. There were usually wooden shutters on the windows. The floors in the houses were sometimes made of mosaics, but in poorer households the floors were just beaten earth. ...read more.

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The room was sunken in because it made it cooler, so in the hot summer months it acted as a refrigerator to food and wine. Men and women had to live in different parts of the house. The men's part of the house was called the Andron. The Andron was the dining room where the family would eat their meals together. When the kyrios wanted to hold a drinking party called symposia, only the men were allowed to attend. The women's quarters were known as Gynaikon. In the Gynaikon the women had the loom room where they had to do the spinning of cloth, all women no matter how rich had to do this. ...read more.

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They also needed to build their house around a courtyard so they could worship all their gods. Men and women mostly lived separately so they both needed their own quarters to live in. I think the houses were built so close together was so they could fit as many in as possible. The houses it seems were not very luxurious as the Greeks preferred to spend money on their public buildings like temples rather than their private homes. Although these houses were made a very, very long time ago; they were built in a very clever way. For example the Greeks knew that if they built the storeroom into the ground it would be cooler and act as a fridge. By Nikki Symeon 10C/A2 ...read more.

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