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AULA (αὐλή), 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; A. Winckler, Die Wohnhäuser der Hellenen.) For further particulars, see DOMUS


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