Apartment Houses for Workers

Apartment houses were built of mud bricks for the purpose of housing labourers in Rome and its Port City of Ostia (now modern Italy). The houses were four to five stories, utilizing the ground floor for shops, trades and workshops, with stairs inside giving access to the upper floors where workers lived.

Date:
      1 CE
Location:
      Port City of Ostia, Rome


Additional Information:

  • Insula (building) – Wikipedia
    In Roman architecture, an insula (Latin for “island,” plural insulae) was a kind of apartment building that housed most of the urban citizen population of ancient Rome, including ordinary people of lower- or middle-class status (the plebs) and all but the wealthiest from the upper-middle class (the equites).
  • Ancient Roman Homes – Domus, Insulae, Villa – Crystalinks
    n Roman architecture, an insula (Latin for “island,” plural insulae) was a kind of apartment building that housed most of the urban citizen population of ancient Rome, including ordinary people of lower- or middle-class status (the plebs) and all but the wealthiest from the upper-middle class (the equites).
  • HOUSING IN ANCIENT ROME – Women in the Ancient World
    When a woman married she moved to her husband’s home: never the other way round. Since young people entering into their first marriage invariably stayed within their class, the home the new bride entered would not be dissimilar to her old one. The richer they were, of course, the larger and grander the accommodations would be, but there were no prestige neighborhoods, and a palatial home could be surrounded by a slum.
  • Republican Roman Construction – Jay’s Roman History
    House walls were plastered and painted with decorative panels, scenes from mythology or from daily life. Exteriors, and walls of the less wealthy, might be bright solid colors (often an ocher yellow) or marked and painted to resemble stone. Columns of stone, wood, or intricately shaped bricks, plastered and painted to look like stone, supported the roof.
  • ancient roman homes, houses, villas and apartments – Mariamilani’s
    As with other aspects of ancient Roman life and Roman architecture, Roman homes, houses and Roman villas underwent a degree of evolution, particularly as the fortunes of Rome impacted wealth, society, roman technology and standards of living.

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