The original building comprised a courtyard of enormous size with a full peristyle of eight columns on a side.
One should perceive a bit further in the distance the colonnade forming the peristyle of the temple of Berecynthia.
The characteristic Pompeian house with its peristyle garden, planted with trees and shrubs, frequently had an outdoor dining area, shaded by a canopy of vines.
She often spent her days in the peristyle , reading or playing the harp.
With luck, the place would have a working fountain, or at least rainwater in the peristyle garden.
The sequence of these spaces in the palace suggests the atrium and peristyle of Roman houses, basic features of domestic architecture emphasized by the Roman writer Vitruvius.
In it, he criticized the unity of place and time imposed by the classical theatre, which confined all the action to a banal peristyle and expelled all drama to the wings.
This form, upon which our modern atria are based, was enclosed on all sides by buildings with roofs sloping to a columned peristyle or walkway around a courtyard.
The presence of gardens and especially of a peristyle make one think of a domus, or patrician residence.
Portraits of famous Greek and Roman poets, orators, and statesmen filled libraries and peristyles .