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tablinum

In ancient Roman architecture, a large open room or apartment for family records and hereditary statues; situated at the end of the atrium farthest from the main entrance.
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This core will have consisted of two rooms flanking the entrance passage, an atrium court with (so the standard pattern would lead us to expect) a central impluvium basin, and on the far side a string of rooms opening on the atrium court rather than the garden, a tablinum as at present with a slightly wider opening (6) but probably with only a window, not a full opening, on the garden; a side room (5) of which the original opening on the atrium is still visible; and another side room or more probably a passage to a garden plot behind (7).
The impluvium-like feature which is arranged eccentrically to the axis running through the middle of the fauces and the tablinum consisted only of a low, rectangular wall.
The columns and pilasters that form the colonnade on two sides of the garden are associated with two constructional techniques: the two columns flanking the view from the tablinum are of Sarno stone, the others are of brick.
17) In such houses, most other rooms, such as the tablinum (no.
The lack of a closed boundary between atrium and tablinum, and tablinum and garden beyond allows a long visual axis through the house (again line C-D in Fig.
According to Clarke, one of the key design principles of the domus was to enable and streamline the process of receiving such guests at the daily ritual called the salutatio (visit by dependants), which took place in the tablinum (Clarke 1991:4).
To this end, the socially important areas such as the entrance vestibulum and fauces, atrium, tablinum, triclinia, oeci and peristyles usually received the finest colour, most complex design and most detailed and interesting mythological paintings or mosaics (Dunbabin 1999:306-307; Ling 1991:2).
Most decorative attention was lavished on the most public rooms (atrium, tablinum, triclinium, oecus, peristylum) while smaller, less visited rooms may have been decorated with simple bands and stripes.
Windows in the atrium and tablinum were designed to allow a vista on to the peristyle garden.
A tablinum is an apartment or recess in an ancient Roman house, opening out of the atrium opposite the principal entrance, and containing the family archives, statues, etc.