Glanum - Residential Area

Glanum: Roman village in southern France, modern St.Rémy-de-Provence.

For Antiquity, Glanum was a modern city. Its main street had a drain. The city's market, four porticoes surrounding a courtyard bordered by Doric columns, was an example of the best that Roman civilization had to offer. Many people settled in the town, and one of the residential areas has been excavated.

The house with antae is typical of Mediterranean houses with its rooms laid out around a courtyard with a pool. It is named after two pilasters decorated with Corinthian capitals, called antae.

Glanum, house with the antae
Glanum, house with the antae

The hygienic needs of the inhabitants made it necessary to build baths. They have a simple layout and appear to date from about 75 BCE. They were a focus for social life in Antiquity, and a major Romanising factor.

Nearby are two houses, one on the right with Hellenistic peristyles, the other decorated with a capricorn mosaic. The House of Attis, built in the 2nd century BCE, was inhabited for nearly five centuries and underwent several modifications.