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p136 Armarium

Article by Philip Smith, B.A., of the University of London
on p136 of

William Smith, D.C.L., LL.D.:
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, John Murray, London, 1875.

ARMARIUM, originally a place for keeping arms, afterwards a cupboard, set upright in the wall of a room, in which were kept not only arms, but also clothes, books, money, ornaments, small images and pictures, and other articles of value. The armarium was generally placed in the atrium of the house (Dig. 33 tit. 10 s.3; Cic. Pro Cluent. 64; Petron. Sat. 29; Plin. H. N. XXIX.5 s32, XXXV.2). The divisions of a library were called armaria (Vitruv. VII. Praef.; Vopisc. Tac. 8). We find armarium distegum mentioned as a kind of sepulchre in an inscription in Gruter (p388, No. 4). For other passages see Forcellini, s.v.


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