Ephesus, Peristyle House, a restored villa
Interior reconstruction of Peristyle house.
The center atria of the house featured a water filled pool surrounded by various rooms. The pool must have cooled and moistened the hot summer air. Water was plentiful in Ephesus. Several fountains, baths, and latrines service the city. Homes of the very wealthy had private plumbing, which is an extravagance almost beyond belief.
The ornate corinthyian pillars, elegant arches, and intricate mosaics decorate the structure. Walls are covered with colorful frescos, often illustrating myths. This is truly a residence in which a 20th century family could live in comfortably.