A recent excavation in Pompeii revealed a rather rare blue (caeruleum?) shrine. In this there are 3 niches of red color. How those are called in Latin?

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The formal term is an aedicula, but in casual conversation the word nidus, a shelf, is used. nidus literally means a "nest", but figuratively can be any small shelf, niche or small cubby.

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    aedicula definitely seems like the word. Do you have a reference for that usage of nidus?
    – brianpck
    Commented Jun 14 at 14:30
  • Thanks, I missed that. Now, I see also zotheca is an option (probably less common). For nidus I saw that is the source for the English niche but could not see it was used in this sense in classical Latin.
    – d_e
    Commented Jun 14 at 15:40

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