Courtesy Nahman Avigad

Roman relief showing serving and dining tables. In this relief, from Italy, two servants are kept busy waiting on groups of diners seated on couches around low three-legged tables. Pitchers and drinking vessels for the diners are kept on a higher one-legged table between the two groups. This one-legged table stands away from the wall.

Scenes like this, showing one- and three-legged tables, how they were used and the arrangement of beverage vessels around them, have enabled Israeli archaeologists to reconstruct similar tables and vessels from fragments salvaged from the fiery debris of Jerusalem’s destruction.