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Roman atrium house

The fauces (plural) are part of the atrium house , a residential building of the Italian type.

The fauces are the corridor that led from the front door (or a small vestibule to it) to the atrium. Fauces are mentioned in Vitruvius (Book 6, III.6). Accordingly, in houses with a small atrium, they should be a third smaller than the tablinum . In houses with a large atrium, they should be half as wide as the tablinum.


  • JB Greenough: The Fauces of the Roman House. In: Harvard Studies in Classical Philology. Volume 1, 1890, pp. 1-12 ( online ).

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