Atrium House

The Atrium House is a large private residence directly north of the Sebasteion. It had a long history, from the early Roman period until late antiquity. In its existing, late Roman state, it consists of two large suites of rooms: one, to the south, organized around a large apsidal courtyard; the other, to the north, organized around a smaller, square columnar court. The architectural and sculptural decoration of the apsidal court was especially rich, including a figured pediment with Aphrodite and Tritons and some twelve late Roman shield portraits of pagan philosophers. They are dramatic visual evidence, complementing our surviving literary testimony, for the persistence of pagan traditions at Aphrodisias well into the Christian period.