THE HOUSES OF THE ANCIENTS;
SITUATION AND DISTRIBUTION.
This article was intended for its proper
place in the dictionary, but in making it at
all satisfactory, it has so much increased,
I think it more advisable to make a sepa-
rate article of it.
Respecting the dwellings of the ancients,
we can only conjecture the situation of
their various apartments, from combining
the descriptions of several classic authors ;
little of such buildings remaining to guide
our researches. Those of which traces are
found, such as the baths of Titus, Cara-
calla, Dioclesian, the Villas of Adrian,
Mecasnas, &c. are of little use to this en-
quiry their extent and magnificence ex-
ceeding that of common structures.
To speculate on the accounts left by
Pliny, and others, may not be unenter-