exedra
The Exedra of Senex Caecilius

The exedra is a large, elegant room located off the peristyle garden. It is used for formal entertainments and lavish dinner parties.

In the original Greek sense, it was a seat outdoors, but it was also applied to a room that opened onto a stoa, ringed with curved, high-backed stone benches, a suitable place for a philosophical conversation. Among the Romans, the word had a wider meaning. It was not only used to signify a chamber for ordinary resort and conversation in a private house, or in the public baths and gymnasia open to the sun and air, but the word was even applied to the hall attached to the theatre of Pompey, which was used as a place of meeting by the senate.

The walls here are decorated with scenes in Fourth Style fresco.

For additional information about decorating styles, you can consult these references:


Some of the preceding information comes from Daily Life in Ancient Rome, written by Jérôme Carcopino and published in1968 by the Yale University Press (New Haven).

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