This page cannot be viewed in frames

Go to page

If you have found a spelling error, please, notify us by selecting that text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

Reconstruction of kitchen in Roman bar

This post is also available in: Polish (polski)

Reconstruction of kitchen in Roman bar
Reconstruction of kitchen in Roman bar

Interesting reconstruction of the kitchen in a Roman street bar (coupona or thermopolium), located in the Lugdunum museum in the French city of Lyon.

These types of bars were located on the ground floor of the insula. A typical thermopolium consisted of a small room with an extended stone/brick counter. In such a counter there were earthen jars (dolia), in which the fried and prepared food was placed. In this reconstruction, we see the back of the kitchen where there was a separate table on which food could be cut. There is also a coal hearth or furnace (furnus).

For comparison, Roman houses had small, minimalist kitchens. These were dark, smoky and windowless rooms. On the walls there were hooks and chains for hanging dishes (pots, pans), knives, meat forks, sieves, graters and other utensils.
Kitchens were a luxury that not all inhabitants of Rome could afford, hence the numerous bars in the street, which were eagerly used by commoners.


IMPERIUM ROMANUM needs your support!

Your financial help is needed, in order to maintain and develop the website. Even the smallest amounts will allow me to pay for further corrections, improvements on the site and pay the server. I believe that I can count on a wide support that will allow me to devote myself more to my work and passion, to maximize the improvement of the website and to present history of ancient Romans in an interesting form.


News from world of ancient Rome

If you want to be up to date with news and discoveries from the world of ancient Rome, subscribe to the newsletter.

Subscribe to newsletter!

Roman bookstore

I encourage you to buy interesting books about the history of ancient Rome and antiquity.

Check out bookstore

Spelling error report

The following text will be sent to our editors: