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Examples of Insula
Each _insula _ consisted of several sets of apartments, generally let out to different families, and was frequently surrounded by shops.
The illustration will give an idea of this arrangement.
In Mr. Hungerford Pollen's useful handbook there is a description of each room in a Roman house, with its proper Latin title and purpose; and we know from other descriptions of Ancient Rome that the residences in the Imperial City were divided into two distinct classes-that of _domus_ and _insula_, the former being the dwellings of the Roman nobles, and corresponding to the modern _Palazzi_, while the latter were the habitations of the middle and lower classes.
The houses described by Mr. Pollen appear to have had no upper story, but as ground became more valuable in Rome, houses were built to such a height as to be a source of danger, and in the time of Augustus there were not only strict regulations as to building, but the height was limited to 70 feet.
Eorum non pauci qui mari non assueuerant, et in sentinam abdebantur, et fame, foetore, et squallore crudeliter absorpti sunt.
Alij mercibus illos permutare soliti sunt, alioue modo distrabere.