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Triclinium Fountain
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View looking southeast the fountain in the outdoor dining area of the House of the Ephebus.  It has a gabled roof that is supported by columns.  In the center was a fountain that cascaded down the "stairs into the pool—the flowing water must have given off a wonderful refreshing sound.

On the wall, note the fleeing (?) bull—it is being followed (on the left) by a bear (partially preserved) toward a tiger.  Below the  "tiger" note the location of a tunnel—now blocked—that was dug by ancient searchers.

The actual benches of the Triclinium are off to the left of the photograph.


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.