Classical/Hellenistic Houses

The Classical and Hellenistic Houses are being studied and published by Barbara Tsakirgis. From her page:

House of the Doric Capital

The typical house of Hellenistic Morgantina was organized around a central, unroofed courtyard or sometimes two.  Vestibules provided both access from the street and a buffer to the outside world.  The function of many rooms is difficult to ascertain, given the paucity of both small finds and fixed features, but some surviving assemblages, the location of rooms, comparanda from other sites, and the evidence of interior decoration provide evidence for recognizing specific activities in some rooms.  Most rooms were accessible directly from the courtyard, but anterooms preceded entrance to some bedrooms and dining rooms. In houses with two courtyards, the open spaces allowed household activities to be separated, with spaces for private domestic activities arranged around one courtyard and rooms for the entertaining of guests located around the other.

EYEXEI – House of Doric Capital

The large houses of the third century were in many cases divided into two or more smaller dwellings in Morgantina’s Roman period. While the later dwellings were less commodious, their good quality flooring and painted wall plaster attest to the continued prosperity of the city in its final centuries. The tessellated mosaics and wall painting, the latest of which has been identified as early Second Style, find parallels in domestic architecture at other late Hellenistic Sicilian sites.

My study of the houses concentrates on the architectural layout, forms, and décor of the houses, but where the material survives, it also includes discussion of the domestic equipment and assemblages.

See also the comments of Malcolm Bell about the houses as part of the city plan.