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View looking south at the outdoor (summer") dining room (triclinium) that is located in the Garden of the House of the Ephebus.  Four columns supported a pergola.  At the far end is a formal water fountain.

Note the three benches—one on each side and one at the back.  There is a pedestal for a table in the center.  The guests would recline on their sides with their heads to the center and feet to the outside.

The frescos on the vertical sides of the benches are still well preserved.


The House of the Ephebus is also known as the House of P. Cornelius Tages.  It takes its name from a bronze statue of the ephebus that was found there.  It is located about seven blocks (insula) east of the Roman Forum.  It is a large "house" consisting of three houses that were merged into one!  Location: Regio (Region) I, Insula 7, Doors 10-12.