Lectus medius. + + + Chief | | | Guest | | | Lectus | | | Summus + + + | H | | | | | | | | Lectus | | Mensa | | Imus | | | | | + + | | | + + | | | | | | | | + + will show this sufficiently without elaborate description; but it is necessary to notice that the host always or almost always occupied the couch marked H on the plan, while the one immediately above him, i.e.

No. 3 of the lectus medius, was reserved for the most important guest, and called lectus consularis.

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.

Ipsum deinde convivium constat ex rebus quatuor, et tum denique omnibus suis numeris absolutum est; si belli homuculi collecti sunt, si lectus locus, si tempus lectum, si apparatus non neglectus. Nec loquaces autem convivas nec mutos legere oportet; quia eloquentia in foro et apud subsellia; silentium vero non in convivio sed in cubiculo esse debet.

That blessed clairvoyance which sees into things without opening them, that glorious license, which, having shut the door and driven the reporter from its key-hole, calls upon Truth, majestic virgin! to get off from her pedestal and drop her academic poses, and take a festive garland and the vacant place on the medius lectus, that carnival-shower of questions and replies and comments, large axioms bowled over the mahogany like bomb-shells from professional mortars, and explosive wit dropping its trains of many-colored fire, and the mischief-making rain of bon-bons pelting everybody that shows himself, the picture of a truly intellectual banquet is one that the old Divinities might well have attempted to reproduce in their

That blessed clairvoyance which sees into things without opening them, that glorious license, which, having shut the door and driven the reporter from its key-hole, calls upon Truth, majestic virgin! to get off from her pedestal and drop her academic poses, and take a festive garland and the vacant place on the medius lectus, that carnival-shower of questions and replies and comments, large axioms bowled over the mahogany like bomb-shells from professional mortars, and explosive wit dropping its trains of many-colored fire, and the mischief-making rain of bon-bons pelting everybody that shows himself, the picture of a truly intellectual banquet is one which the old Divinities might well have attempted to reproduce in their

That blessed clairvoyance which sees into things without opening them, that glorious license, which, having shut the door and driven the reporter from its key-hole, calls upon Truth, majestic virgin! to get off from her pedestal and drop her academic poses, and take a festive garland and the vacant place on the medius lectus, that carnival-shower of questions and replies and comments, large axioms bowled over the mahogany like bomb-shells from professional mortars, and explosive wit dropping its trains of many-colored fire, and the mischief-making rain of bon-bons pelting everybody that shows himself, the picture of a truly intellectual banquet is one which the old Divinities might well have attempted to reproduce in their

The lectus at which the cup began to circulate was summus, the next medius, the last imus. Asin. 5, 2, 41. See Becker's Gallus, p. 471 et seq. SICUT ... EST: 'as we find'; so Off. 1, 32 ut in fabulis est, and often. MINUTA: see n. on 52.

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.

In the old days of household simplicity the meals were taken in the atrium, the husband reclining on a lectus, the wife sitting by his side, and the children sitting on stools in front of them. The slaves too in the olden time took their meal sitting on benches in the atrium, so that the whole familia was present.