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lararium

[luh-rair-ee-uh m] /ləˈrɛər i əm/
noun, plural lararia
[luh-rair-ee-uh] /ləˈrɛər i ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
(in an ancient Roman home) a shrine for the Lares.
Origin of lararium
1700-1710
1700-10; < Late Latin larārium; see Lares, -ary
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  • In some of the Pompeian houses the lararium was represented by a niche only, containing the image of the lar.

  • These seem to indicate that this was the lararium of the house.

    Old Rome Robert Burn
  • Opening out from the peristylium is the lararium, or room of the household gods.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
  • Within it are erected an altar to, and statue of, the guardian angel, in fact the building had its lararium.

    An Architect's Note-book in Spain Matthew Digby Wyatt
  • "In the lararium, O praefect," replied the soldier without hesitation.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • This venereum contained a bedchamber, a triclinium and a lararium, or small marble niche in which the household god was enshrined.

    The Wonders of Pompeii Marc Monnier
  • His eyes passed to the lararium unconsciously, and to the little cross which she left him before going.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Undoubtedly we should recognize in this edifice the sanctuary of the Lares of the city, lararium publicum.

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