The Ancient Romans lived in all sorts of houses. If you were poor or in the lower class, you lived on a small and single house or apartment. The lower class peoples homes didn't contain very many items, due to them not having much money to buy nice things to decorate their houses. The houses had no colour in or on them, which made them plain and boring for people to look at. The small apartments are known as an Insulae, which only contained 2 rooms at the most. The lower class people only used their houses for sleeping, due to them having a job. Lower class people also had to visit and use the public baths in town where everyone could see them, due to there being no water running in their homes.
If you were a wealthy Roman, you lived in a huge house like a mansion. The rich families lived in single single story houses, which contained a small courtyard that had rooms coming off the sides of the courtyards. The courtyards were used so everyone could meet. In a wealthy persons house, the insides were decorated. The main walls of the houses were mainly decorated with coloured plaster. They also had their floors coloured to represent and show how wealthy and important they are to other people. Wealthy Romans also had water running through their houses unlike the lower class people.
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