chapter  11
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In this chapter we conclude our exploration of space in the Roman house with a review of the evidence for the sleeping quarters, service rooms and other more private household areas. Although these were the parts of the house where most of life was lived, they were usually the least architecturally imposing. Private rooms, where fewer guests were prone to stray, were of less concern to the Roman architect and therefore lack some of the diagnostic architectural features that characterise the more ostentatious public rooms. Such areas were still likely to have conveyed messages to those who used them, although symbol and gesture were accorded less importance. The organisation of domestic space provides important clues about family structure and private routines.