a small coffer or casket with compartments
(cf. loculatae arculae,
3.17), whence it comes that in this signification the word is
only used in the plural. It was smaller than the area
: see Mayor's note), but,
like the area,
was used to hold money (Hor. Sat.
1.3, 17; Ep.
11, 1, 175; Mart. 5.39
jewels (Juv. 13.139
); to hold keys (Plin. Nat. 14.13.89
), &c. It
takes the place of the larger area
as the treasure
chest of the house (Hor. Sat.
2.3, 146), and
then was placed in the atrium [see ARCA
]: it was made of wood (Mart. 14.13
or sometimes of ivory (Ovid. Fast.
6.749; Juv. 13.139
); for security it had a lock (Hor.
2.3, 149) or was sealed up (Plin. l.c.
). In Hor. Sat.
1.6, 74, Ep.
1.1, 56, the word loculi
is used for a small case holding a schoolboy's libri, chartae,
which would generally be called capsa
) or theca
(Suet. Cl. 35
(See Orelli's Excursus on Hor. Sat.