Roman Townhouses and Apartments - the Curiae and Domae

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In ancient Rome, its inhabitants' living quarters were very much dependent upon their locale and socioeconomic position in society. These factors are the deciding factor in one's residence in today's society. There is little differentiation between the living layouts of the wealthy ancient Romans and today's society of elite. Various facets of urban planning and residential development are still present today, albeit with some differences.

In the times of the ancient Romans, the rich lived nicely and in luxury. This seems to be a recurring theme throughout history--the rich and affluent have always lived above that of the ordinary denizen. For instance, they had dedicated rooms--a study, bathroom, kitchen and the like. This is not unlike the home of someone who currently wealthy in the society of the United States. For instance, many people of the United States who have money have large estates and a relatively large amount of acreage.

This proved true throughout the Roman Empire as well as the United States.

One significant difference between the Roman Empire and America is that now there is a great deal of separation from one's place of residence and their workplace. Romans often worked out of their home and sold their wares on the streets of Rome. Thankfully, we have evolved beyond the rural marketplace where the loudest seller gets the sale. Modern shops are--in comparison--far more civil and cleaner. Nonetheless, the urban marketplace has something for which to be desired.

However, the poor of Rome did not live as handsomely as the rich. Much like people today, the poor lived in apartments that had limited space and room. They also had no running water or plumbing. Thus, many of the poor lived in a state of poverty. This was unfortunate for the multitudes of Rome,