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A particular kind of table described by Varro (L. L. v. 125) as frequently seen in the atria of Roman houses during his boyhood

Cartibulum. (From Pompeii.)

(about B.C. 100). Both the name and the thing were apparently becoming obsolete in his time. It was an oblong slab of marble supported on a single bracket or console (una columella); it stood near the impluvium, and bronze vessels were placed upon it. Such a table has been discovered in more than one house at Pompeii, with a fountain behind it shaped like a cippus or square pillar, and flowing into the impluvium.

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