In Roman times there were many types of houses you could live in. The DOMUS, which is one of the largest houses the Romans had in the city, was the only house that one family lived in. Which consisted of two floors. The richest families in the city lived in these homes. An INSULAE, shown in the picture above, was where the “poor people” resided. It had three or more floors that had little rooms in them where a whole family lived. The rooms got light only by a little window that did not contain any glass. Collapses and fires occurred often in these homes. The ground level consisted of little shops. The last living settlement is the VILLA-COMPLEX. About ninety percent of Romans lived in the country, some lived in poor farmhouses, but the rich lived in a villa-complex. These consisted of three parts: Villa urbana- this was the living quarters of the family; Villa rustica- the was where the staff lived and worked (it was also the stables, a hospital, and a prison); and Storage accommodations- this was where they stored the grain, oil, wine, and other items that were made on the premises. These are the three most common types of housing settlement that the Romans lived in.
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