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Olynthus: Standard Vocabulary for Rooms

Room Types

See chapter 3 of Household and City Organization for a description of different types of rooms.

alleyThe alley running down the center of a block. In some houses this is used as part of the household space.
andronAndron - men's formal dining room, used for symposia
anteroomAnteroom to an andron
bathSmall room as part of kitchen-complex, with or without bathtub
bath?Small room as part of kitchen-complex, with or without bathtub; identification less certain.
cupboardSmall space usually within a larger room, separated by low wall or foundation.
entranceMay be of prothyron type.
exedraA roofed space opening onto a courtyard or other such open area without a dividing wall.
flueConventional term for part of the kitchen-complex, in many houses where cooking was done.
flue?Identification less certain than above.
incompleteRoom incompletely preserved or excavated.
irregularSpace not fitting into an one of the standard categories.
kitchenThe large room in a kitchen-complex, sometimes with a hearth.
light wellA space architecturally similar to a "flue" -- i.e. a small space open through the second story to the sky, but attached to a suite which is probably not a kitchen complex. See the discussion in the House of Many Colors and other houses.
N. roomNorth Room: architecturally unspecialized room in the northern portion of the house, north of the pastas.
pastasPortico, usually on the northern side of the courtyard.
pastas roomRoom opening onto one end of the pastas.
porticoPortico, not on the north side of the courtyard, usually in addition to a pastas.
publicPublic space.
roomArchitecturally unspecialized room.
S. roomSouth Room: architecturally unspecialized room in the southern half of the house
shopRoom with door to the exterior, sometimes with another door to the interior of the house
stableRobinson's term for large rooms which take up ca. 1/3 of the area of a house. I suspect they are used for storage of agricultural products. See the discussion of House A 4.
streetStreet or avenue
street shopIn the streets in front of some houses there were significant clusters of objects, perhaps from temporary stalls or similar. See discussion in Chapter 6.
trial trenchRoom partly or completely uncovered in an exploratory trench.

Types of Floors

slabs & cement

Types of Walls

none Space has no walls.
not pres. Walls not preserved.
painted Walls plastered and painted a single color
painted, baseboard Walls plastered and painted a single color with a baseboard
painted, designs Walls plastered and painted a single color, with designs (rare)
painted, moldingsWalls plastered and painted, with moldings
painted, panels Walls plastered and painted, and divided into panels, a simple version of Pompeiian First Style painting.
plain Walls unplastered.
plastered Walls plastered but not painted.
tiled? The walls of the bathroom in the "House of Pan" on the South Hill are described as "tiled." It is unclear what this means.