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tablinum

[ta-blahy-nuh m] /tæˈblaɪ nəm/
noun, plural tablina
[ta-blahy-nuh] /tæˈblaɪ nə/ (Show IPA)
1.
(in an ancient Roman house) a large, open room at the side of the peristyle farthest from the main entrance.
Origin of tablinum
1820-1830
1820-30; < Latin tab(u)līnum, equivalent to tabula (see table) + -īnum, neuter of -īnus -ine1
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  • The tablinum was an appendage of the atrium, and usually entirely open to it.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • tablinum, in a Roman house, the room between the atrium and the peristyle.

    Architecture Thomas Roger Smith
  • On the right-hand wall of the tablinum is a picture of Bacchus discovering Ariadne.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • You yourself went with the man who carried it to the tablinum and saw it laid there.

  • Philostratus silently beckoned to her, and she stepped into the tablinum, which was but dimly lighted by a few lamps.

  • There was no second story over the alae, the tablinum, or the rooms about the peristyle.

  • Opening from the atrium was the tablinum; here were the family archives, the statues, pictures, and other ancestral relics.

    Roman Women Alfred Brittain
  • The tablinum was usually separated from the atrium by curtains.

    The Historical Child Oscar Chrisman
  • The fauces in the case of smaller atriums should be two thirds, and in the case of larger one half the width of the tablinum.

  • He crossed the apartment, and stood at the entrance to the tablinum.

    Beric the Briton G. A. Henty

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