I want you to design your interpretation of a Roman atrium house with at least one peristyle based on the archaeological evidence for Roman houses from the cities of Roman Campania. Remember that although the houses discovered at sites like Pompeii and Herculaneum were the homes of the wealthier citizens of those communities, they are also some of the best preserved and understood of Roman domestic structures. The house that you design and decorate must be new and not a copy of an already discovered ancient Roman house. You should study several actual houses (plans, wall painting arrangements, other decoration) discussed in your texts and other resources and create your own interpretation, borrowing and adapting bits and pieces from the evidence that interests you – much like a person today would be inspired by other homes she or he had seen or visited.
Ask yourself, “If I were an upper middle class Roman citizen living in Pompeii during the decade prior to the eruption of Vesuvius and I wanted to build a new house in my community for my family…
What would it look like?
What rooms would I expect to have?
What functions would those spaces serve?
How would those rooms be arranged in relationship to one another?
How would I decorate them?
How would my house make a statement about my status and influence in this community
How would my house and its decoration same something about me as a unique individual?
You must incorporate two complementary parts in your creative assignment:
VISUAL: First, you must design a labeled plan with concise identification tags for the major parts of your fictitious house. You must submit your plan on paper or poster board measuring between 8.5 X 11″ to 12″ X 24″. No three-dimensional models please. Photocopies of published plans or illustrations from texts or websites are not allowed.