Large storerooms would have been required for the corn imported in quantities by Classical Athens, and would have been adjacent to the Great Harbour of Piraeus, where the corn market (Alphitopolis Stoa) was built in the time of Pericles.
Purpose‐built structures (horrea) for storing corn and other commodities developed in the late republic for the provisioning of Rome, and later at forts for military provisions. At Rome and Ostia horrea were brick or masonry courtyard‐structures surrounded by storerooms (sometimes on dwarf walls for ventilation). Military granaries were large sheds of timber or stone raised on posts or dwarf walls, the corn being kept in bins.
Subjects: Classical Studies.