Most of them have a central courtyard (aethrion), surrounded by Doric or Ionic colonnade. The rooms are arranged at the back side of the house, several times in a second floor. The social and religious practices were held inside the symposium rooms (andronas) and the house shrines. In the wealthy houses, the reception rooms are usually located in the north and their lobby is decorated with mosaic floors with great thematic variety and technical excellence, a fact that shows the development of mosaic workshops in Pella, known worldwide. These luxurious homes are found on the main site. The largest of those has two peristyle courtyards, one on the south with Doric colonnade and one on the northern decorated with Ionian colonnade. Around the Doric peristyle were the reception halls, decorated with mosaics with themes like god Dionysus riding a panther, lion hunting, a griffin attacking a stag, a pair of centaurs, while the floors of the vestibule had geometric designs. In another house, in the same area of the site, the symposium rooms have mosaic floors with subjects like deer hunting, the abduction of Helen by Theseus, the Amazones. Μακαρόνας Χ., Γιούρη Ε., Οι οικίες της Αρπαγής της Ελένης και του Διονύσου της Πέλλας, 1989. Σιγανίδου Μ.,Η ιδιωτική κατοικία στην Πέλλα, 31-36, Αρχαιολογία, 1982. 76 SANCTUARY OF THE MOTHER OF GODS AND AFRODITE Located on the north of the ancient forum and consists of a large open space with a small chapel in the south side, surrounded by some facilities. In the north another small chapel is found, with outdoor spaces, storage, laboratory, a luncheon room and an underground tank. The worship of gods is testified by the dedicatory inscriptions, carved columns, statues and clay figurines. The oldest building phase of the sacred place is documented at the last quarter of the 4 th c. BCE The whole place was rearranged in the 3rd c BCE and abandoned in the early 1st BCE after the earthquake that devastated the city. Μαρία Λιλιμπάκη-Ακαμάτη, «Το ιερό της Μητέρας των Θεών και της Αφροδίτης στην Πέλλα», Υπουργειο Πολιτισμού, ΤΑΠ. Αρχαία ΜακεδονίαVI 1 (1999) 691-704.
SANCTUARY OF DARRON This sanctuary is located in the SW part of the ancient city, near the ancient monumental street leading from the port in the center. In the sanctuary there are large open spaces, tanks, wells, a
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