Upon entering a house, one would step into a paved courtyard that always faced South (Berlin 23 October 2006). All the other rooms in the home were arranged around this central courtyard area (much like some homes today!). There was a large room off the courtyard that was also accessible from the street. Since the town of Olynthus lacks any sort of business district the street access/entrance and objects found here-weights and scales- indicate the room was used as some sort of workshop or shop. Business was conducted here and the people of Olynthus had easy access to their businesses. An andron, or dining room, was another room off the courtyard. The door to this room was off center so that seven couches could be placed up against the walls of the room; these couches were where guests and the home’s owners would lay and eat their meals (I guess laziness could be blamed on our ancient ancestors). However, like any modern room these rooms were not without eye candy. Not only were the walls painted, but there was also often a mosaic floor which again only further indicates it was a special purpose room (Berlin 23 October 2006). The figures of mosaic were arranged in such a way that when lying on a couch they always appeared right side up.
Several clay pots and drinking vessels have also been found in various androns in Olynthus (Berlin 23 October 2006), again only further indicating that they were used to dining. The finds in the homes at Olynthus allow an archaeologist to draw conclusions about spatial usage which further helps one understand classical personal life.
Berlin, Andrea M. University of Minnesota. Minneapolis. CNES 23 October 2006.