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lararium (pl. lararia).
1. Small room or niche in a Roman house used as a type of private chapel or shrine where images of the lares and penates (household deities) were placed for devotional observances. Emperor Alexander Severus (222–35) furnished his lararia with an eclectic collection of the principal Roman deities to which he added Abraham, Achilles, Alexander the Great, Christ, Cicero, Orpheus, and Virgil.

2. Place or room for the display of Antique statuettes, as in Thomas Hope's celebrated house in Duchess Street, London (1799–1819).

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