a couch used for reclining upon at meals,
which in the imperial period took the place of the more ancient triclinium.
It seems to have held any number of
guests, whereas the triclinium only accommodated three. (Schol. ad
, “apud veteres accubitorum usus
non erat ;” Lamprid. Heliog.
19, 25, Casaub. and
Salmas. ad loc. C. L. L.
3.4441, “porticum cum accubito
. . . restituit ;” Labbaci, Glossa,
Marquardt, Röm. Alterth.
vii. p. 298; cf. Lamprid.
34, “numerus accubitionum crescebat et
multitudo convivarum.” ) The accubitum was lower and more
luxurious than the triclinium, and its coverings and pillows were called