Here, too, was the Lar of the familia with his little altar, behind the entrance, and here was the lectus genialis, and the Genius of the paterfamilias. Opposite you was another recess, the tablinum, opening probably into a little garden; here in the warm weather the family might take their meals. This is the atrium of the old Roman house, and to understand that house nothing more is needed.
Not only verbs but adjectives were derived in common speech from the mythical names of gods; from Genius, a multiform and universal power in ancient Latin mythology, we have genialis and hence the expressions genialis lectus, genialis homo, genialis hiems, and poets and philosophers apply the same epithet even to the elements and the stars.
"Inditum imperatori flammeum, dos et genialis torus et faces nuptiales; cuncta denique, quae vel in feminis non sine verecundia conspiciuntur, spectata." "Inditum imperatori flammeum, visi auspices, dos et genialis torus et faces nuptiales; cuncta denique spectata, quae etiam in femina nox operit."