It was easy to find out what Antonius’s house should look like because there are still remains of Roman houses around the world which give us a great deal of information. We used information from the archaeological discoveries at Ephesus, an ancient city in Turkey, to help us create Antonius’s house which can be seen in a number of episodes in Series 3.
High class Roman houses were usually arranged around a courtyard and an atrium or entrance hall. The roof of the atrium was usually partially open to the sky to let in light - you can see this in Episode 29 when there is a big storm and the rain, not light, comes into the room and lands in a pond!
Antonius’s house also had a courtyard garden which is called a peristylium. It had a shady roofed area which was held up by columns. We used actual photographs of courtyard gardens taken at Ephesus to get the right effect.
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