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Cenaculum
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[German version]

From Latin ceno; originally the dining room on the upper floor of the Roman  house. From time to time the term cenaculum includes the entire upper floor (Varro, Ling. 5,162; Fest. 54,6); the rooms described as cenacula were for accommodating guests of an inferior rank or slaves. They could also be the object of a lease; cenaculum became in this context synonymous with shabby housing.

Bibliography

Georges, 1, 1067, s.v. c. (sources)

G. Matthiae, s.v. Cenacolo, EAA 2, 467 (bibliography).

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Höcker, Christoph (Kissing), “Cenaculum”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 04 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e230070>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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