), an open yard, or
court. In the Homeric house the αὐλὴ
served the purpose of a farm-yard, and was surrounded with farm-buildings
and rooms for the men-servants of the house. In the later Greek house it was
a kind of quadrangle surrounded with a colonnade, into which the rooms of
the house opened, and was used as a place for exercise and recreation.
(Rumpf, De aedibus Homericis;
Die Wohnhäuser der Hellenen.
) For further
particulars, see DOMUS