Tunisia-2831 - The Trifolium Villa (Brothel)
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This is a brothel built so pragmatically and bluntly to service its function. It has an open court for courting and rooms immediately around the court for the services. The building itself is lower than the road leading to it, possibly allowing uncertain customers to look at the women before entering.
This residence, which dates to the 2nd or 3rd century AD, stands downhill from the quarters that surround the forum and the principal public monuments in the city, in an area where the streets are winding.
The trifolium villa, named after a clover-shaped room that was without a doubt used as a triclinium (a formal dining room ), is the largest private house excavated so far at Dougga. The house had two storeys, but there is almost nothing left of the upper storey. It stands in the south of the city, halfway up the hill. The house is particularly interesting because of the way in which it is built to align with the lay of the land; the entrance hall slopes down to a courtyard around which the various rooms were arranged.