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I. Introduction

Lat. ornamentum (= ornament), 'ornament', 'adornment, 'equipment', pl. 'insignia' ( ornamenta ). In the legal sources of the Imperial period ornamentum denotes the superfluous addition, which serves voluptas ('pleasure') but is firmly connected to the building. In addition to paintings, gardens and fountains, ornamenta mainly included loricationes (hypocaust installations) and incrustationes (…

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Willers, Dietrich (Berne), “Ornaments”, 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 16 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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