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Compluvium
(84 words)

[German version]

According to Varro (Ling. 5,161) and Vitruvius (6,3,1f.) the customary formation of the roof opening of all types of the  atrium in the Roman  house. The funnel-shaped roof surfaces of the compluvium, which slope inward, conduct rainwater into the  impluvium, a basin at the atrium's centre. In the older displuvium the roof surfaces slanted outwards.

Bibliography

E. M. Evans, The Atrium Complex in the Houses of Pompeii, 1980

R. Förtsch, Arch. Komm. zu den Villenbriefen des jüngeren Plinius, 1993, 30-31.

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Höcker, Christoph (Kissing), “Compluvium”, 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 15 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e303720>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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