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(κλίνη; klínē, bed). The kline was used for sleeping, and in Greece from the 7th/6th cents. BC (later in Rome) also for dining. The kline was the most important object of luxurious interior decoration; it had its place in private houses as well as in all rooms in which people ate ( Banquet, Prytaneion, Ritual feasts). As to public rooms in which klinai were used for banquets, one must distinguish between halls designated specifically for meals, in which the furniture could stay in place, and rooms used for meals only sporadically, for which the klinai, like all other furni…

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Schmitt-Pantel, Pauline (Paris) and Groß, Walter Hatto (Hamburg), “Kline”, 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 03 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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