The rich lived in large homes, and the poor lived in
smaller homes, but nobody lived in huts.
Some of the larger homes were wide as well as high, but
nearly all the homes were three stories high.
Rich and poor, most homes were clustered around the
Ziggurat and each other.
Most houses shared walls, like townhouses do today.
There was little wood and stone available for
building materials. People built their homes of sun-dried brick.
Doors led into a small family courtyard.
The courtyard, or first floor, in each house was
very important. Behind the front door, a visitor might find a tiny
garden and domesticated animals such as chickens. Kids played in the
From the courtyard, stairs led up to the second and
third floors, and then to the roof.
Roofs were flat. Roofs provided a fourth living
space. People cooked and slept on their roofs, when weather permitted. Some
of the fancier roofs were designed with four walls for privacy. Some had
grape arbors that provided food, privacy, and shelter from the sun.
As the cities grew, richer sections of town did
develop, with huge homes. But all families had a home of their own.
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