7: Reconstruccion virtual de la decoracion musiva y pictorica del triclinium
de la c/Anon de Zaragoza [Caes.
Entering it from the atrium through the andron, the peristyle was a square open courtyard, usually surrounded by a portico or colonnade, and leading on to a triclinium
(dining room with reclining couches), kitchen (culina) and multipurpose rooms (exhedra, oecus).
"The Romans' triclinium
is today's gazebo and we continue to use techniques which they established 2,000 years ago; turning soil in the autumn, mixing compost, hoeing beds and sowing seeds in spring."
Trimalchio's preoccupation with death is apparent everywhere: (15) before we catch our first glimpse of him we hear about the clock in his triclinium
that lets him know how much time has been lost (Sat.
The Skull Emblema, which originated in the Hellenistic period, was either used as a tabletop or as flooring in a triclinium
, or Roman dining room.
An example is the Roman house, which Fredrick notes is organized on a hierarchy of viewed spaces, from the atrium that is open to all to the triclinium
that may only be seen by invited guests.
(18) All were displayed in a single grotto, which was connected to an adjoining dining-room (triclinium
) by an elaborate series of pools and miniature lakes (Fig.
Round the perimeter of the room is usually a continuous bench seat (a very distant relation of the Mediterranean triclinium
?) which, like the walls and floor, is covered with patterned ornamental fabrics and cushions.