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
); 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.