a covered gallery that was a characteristic feature of the ancient Roman palazzo. It was usually designed to provide shade and a cool place for walking. Such a gallery was part of the Roman emperor Diocletian's Palace at Spalatro (Split, Croatia) and the House of the Cryptoporticus in Pompeii. Sometimes the cryptoporticus served a dual purpose; a vaulted passage, partly decorated with fine stucco, was built by the emperor Nero in about AD 65, primarily to connect his palace, the so-called Golden House of Nero, with other imperial palaces on the Palatine Hill.
Learn more about cryptoporticus with a free trial on Britannica.com.
|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.|