Tegŭla（κέραμος, κεραμίς). A tile of baked clay. The name is applied as a generic term to (a) testae or wall-tiles; (b) tubi, tegulae mammatae, flue-tiles; and (c) tiles for roofing. In early Rome shingles (scandulae) were generally used for covering houses, but from the third century on tiles replaced them (Pliny , Pliny H. N. xvi. 36). Tiles were originally flat, but afterwards were made with a rustic flange on each side, as shown below. See more fully under Fictilé.
|Ancient Tiles. 1. Section of tiles from Pompeii. 2. Ornamental fronts of tiles. 3. Frontons of tiled roofs.|