Triclinium(508 words)

Schmitt-Pantel, Pauline (Paris)

[German version]

(τρικλίν[ι]ον; triklín[i]on). Roman dining room, or in the narrower sense, a group of three couches (Latin lectus; klínē ), on each of which three guests could take their places. Their arrangement around a central round or rectangular table was the typical Roman furnishing for the dining room (cf. ill.). The couches could be built of stone, so that their location is recognizable in the floor plan of the house; however, they were frequently movable. Mattresses, cushions and blankets provided the necessary comfort. Where there was no constructed substructure, a triclini…

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Schmitt-Pantel, Pauline (Paris). "Triclinium." Brill’s New Pauly. Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider. Brill Online, 2014. Reference. 21 October 2014 <http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/brill-s-new-pauly/triclinium-e1220340>
First appeared online: 2006
First Print Edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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