impluvium

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impluvium

(ɪmˈpluːvɪəm)
n
(in an ancient Roman building) a pool under an opening in the roof
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He states that there were no columns at the corners of the impluvium (the catch-basin on the floor) to support the frame of the compluvium (skylight) (Vitruvius, 1960; McKay, 1998, 17).
In many later homes the atrium was converted into a peristyle, with the impluvium becoming a basin or water pool surrounded by a garden, now called a viridarium.
3 also cites the impluvium in Amphitruo 1108 and the atria mentioned in Aulularia 518; cf.