prob. from ἄημι (ἄϝημι) to blow, for the αὐλή was open to the air
in Hom. the court-yard
, surrounded with out-buildings, and having the altar of Ζεὺς Ἑρκεῖος
in the middle, so that it was at once the meeting-place of the family, and the cattle-yard, Il.
: it had two doors, viz. the house-door (cf. αὔλειος
), and another leading through the αἴθουσα
into the πρόδομος
2.the wall of the court-yard, Il.
, the αὐλή
was the court
, round which the house itself was built, having a corridor (περιστύλιον
), from which were doors leading into the men's apartments; opposite the house-door (cf. αὔλειος
) was the μέσαυλος
(q.v.), leading into the women's part of the house, Hdt.
III.generally, any court or hall, Hom., Trag.