Greek houses were
really neat. Each house was built around an open air courtyard. Houses
were built of stone, wood, and clay bricks. They were sturdy and
Larger homes might have several bedrooms,
a kitchen, a bathing room, a woman's sitting area, a men's dining room,
and one or two rooms for storage.
The central courtyard was a wonderfully
private place. Because women were only allowed to leave their homes for
short periods, and only if they had their husband's permission, they
could always enjoy sitting out in the privacy of their courtyard. They
probably sat in the shade, because a pale complexion was a sign of
beauty to the ancient Greeks, but at least they got fresh air. Mothers
and daughters would sit in their courtyard and sew or cook or gossip.
Meals were often eaten in the courtyard. The family would gather there
in evening and share what happened to them that day and tell stories and
fables. The courtyard was the center of family life.