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Roman Triclinium or Dining Room

The Roman dining room (triclinium) was not necessarily properly connected to the kitchen, because, as in the old south of America the use of slaves made the dining room of small importance as far as convenience was concerned.

It was usual to have several triclinia for use at different seasons of the year, so that one room could be warmed by the sun in winter, and another room might escape its the sun's rays in summer.

Triclinium or Dining Room
Triclinium or Dining Room.

Vitruvius believed that the length of the triclinium should be twice its width, but the ruins of Pompeii show no fixed proportions. The Romans so liked fresh air and the sky that the peristylum, or part of it, would likely have served as a dining room often. An outdoor dining room is found in the House of Sallust at Pompeii. Horace has a lovely picture of a master, attended by a single slave, dining under an arbor.

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