from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small room, especially a bedroom, typically those small rooms found on the upper floor of a Roman house.
- n. A small room carved out of the wall of a catacomb, used as mortuary chapels, and in Roman times, for Christian worship.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In archœol., a burial-chamber having round its walls loculi or compartments for the reception of the dead. See catacomb.
- n. A mortuary chapel attached to a church.
Note 112: The cubiculum is discussed below in this chapter.
The cubiculum from the villa of P. Fannius Synistor, 50-40 BCE.
Ornament in the cubiculum from the villa of P. Fannius Synistor, ca. 50-40 BCE.
The cubiculum from the villa of Fannius Synestor faced north. back
The cubiculum from the villa of P. Fannius Synistor, 50-40 BCE. A well-preserved cubiculum, extracted from the villa of Fannius Synestor at Boscoreale, may be visited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Within the most secret cell of your memory, the arca or cubiculum of your heart, your private meditations were trained toward the ethical objective of sancta memoria — to envision an ideal condition for living among others, and to translate from this ideal a practice of everyday life.
Replete with frescoes of illusionistically rendered civic and garden architecture, the cubiculum offered a theater of locations for contemplation.
Nor is it stretching the point too far to envision the Roman cubiculum and the Montefeltro studioli entwined within the genealogy of these pedagogical metaphors, as cells in which the scholar-bee would distill and preserve the sweet nectar of experience.
Mnemonic ornament from the cubiculum from the villa of P. Fannius Synistor, 50-40 BCE.
Along with the contemplative eddies in the medieval cathedral,30 intimate domestic settings modeled after the ancient Roman exedra and cubiculum — described by Vitruvius and Pliny and unearthed in the 1470s — provided prosthetic armatures for thought.
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