"Iulius in magna villa habitat"
So begins Orberg's chapter on Roman houses and our insight as to how houses, during the rule of the Romans, were constructed and managed.
The average Roman citizen lived in, what today we would call an apartment, commonly called 'insulae' (island) which usually consisted of 2 small rooms and did not contain a kitchen, bathing nor toilet facilities. Those functions were fulfilled by the tenants visiting the public communal baths.
The rich lived quite differently and that is the content of Orberg's chapter, 'Villa Et Hortvs'. In the next post we will begin to explore exactly how they lived.