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ἔδαφος, δάπεδον). A flooring composed of small pieces of brick, tiling, stone, and shells, placed in a bed of cement and beaten down solid by a rammer (pavicula). The name is also applied to artificial flooring composed of coloured marbles, often of elaborate workmanship and design. Such were


the pavimentum sectile of mar

Pavimentum Sectile. (Ancient Floor in the Church of S. Croce, Rome.)

bles cut (secta) into sets of regular form and size, such as squares, hexagons, etc.;


pavimentum tessellatum of marbles cut in regular dies without

Pavimentum Tessellatum. (Baths of Caracalla, Rome.)

the admixture of other forms;


pavimentum vermiculatum, a mosaic flooring representing nat

Pavimentum Vermiculatum. (Rich.)

ural objects, animate or inanimate; and


pavimentum scalpturatum, on which designs were produced by engraving or inlaying. Another kind of flooring (pavimentum testaceum) was made of broken pieces of pottery (testae).

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