Where does the word “Attic” come from and What does Attic mean in Latin?

Yes, odd as it may appear, that portion of our homes that lies between the roof and the ceiling of the uppermost rooms which we call “the attic” is derived from Attica, the country of ancient Greece of which Athens was the chief city.

The architecture of the country was outstanding, the name, thus, being applied to various characteristic structural types.

One such, conspicuous chiefly in structures of large design, included a low story above the main cornice, originally set off, on the fagade, by short pilasters above the main pillars.

Though the decorative effect was later omitted, the name attic was still applied to the low space, eventually also to any garret.

About Karen Hill

Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

Leave a Comment