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Household and City Organization at Olynthus$
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Nicholas Cahill

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300084955

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300084955.001.0001

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The Houses Described

The Houses Described

(p.74) Chapter Three The Houses Described
Household and City Organization at Olynthus

Nicholas Cahill

Yale University Press

This chapter examines thirteen of the better-preserved dwellings, including houses of regular and irregular plans, houses that seem to be primarily domestic in nature, and houses in which other activities—trade, small-scale industry, and the like—took place. The selection of houses was chosen to include examples of both regular and irregularly planned houses, houses with different sorts of artifact assemblages and facilities, houses where different sorts of activities and patterns of organization are represented. Although the House of Many Colors is architecturally unusual, with sophisticated features such as the light well and the exedra south of the court, it still serves as a good introduction to the organization of space in Olynthian houses. In many respects the Villa of the Bronzes is similar in plan and use of space to the House of Many Colors. In the House of the Tiled Prothyron there is a relative scarcity of specialized domestic spaces.

Keywords:   dwellings, houses, Many Colors, Olynthian houses, Tiled Prothyron

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