In Roman dwellings, an impluvium was a cistern or tank, set in the atrium or peristyle to receive the water from the roof, by means of the compluvium. They were generally made ornamental with flowers and works of art around the brim.
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The impluvium is the sunken part of the atrium in a Greek or Roman house (domus). Designed to carry away the rainwater coming through the compluvium of the roof, it is usually made of marble and placed about 30 cm below the floor of the atrium. The name is also used for a type of dwelling typical o...
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(Latin) in a Roman house, a basin built into the floor of the atrium that collected rain from the compluvium, or quadrangular skylight towards which the roof sloped that served as a source of light and air.
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A term used for the ornamental pool in an atrium which collected rain-water coming through the compluvium - square opening - in the atrium roof. The overflow from the pool would be collected in large cisterns underneath the pool.
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Im·plu'vi·um noun [ Latin , from impluere to rain into; prefix im- in + pluere to rain.] (Architecture) In Roman dwellings, a cistern or tank, set in the atrium or peristyle to recieve the water from the roof, by mean...
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In Roman dwellings, a cistern or tank, set in the atrium or peristyle to recieve the water from the roof, by means of the compluvium; generally made ornamental with flowers and works of art around its birm. ... Origin: L, fr. Impluere to rain into; pref. Im- in + pluere to rain. ... Source: Websters...
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• (n.) In Roman dwellings, a cistern or tank, set in the atrium or peristyle to recieve the water from the roof, by means of the compluvium; generally made ornamental with flowers and works of art around its birm.
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(from the article `atrium`) ...the atrium held the altar to the family gods, the Lares. The atrium was designed either with or without columns; it had, universally, a marble ...
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impluvium A rainwater tank in the atrium of an ancient Roman house.
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