Imbrex and tegula

Tegula and Imbrex are forms of antique roof tiles.

The names are derived from the Latin imbrex (plural imbrices ) from Latin imbricus = rainy and tegula (pl. tegulae ) = (roof) tile.

The Tegula is a rectangular, flat brick with raised ridges on both sides. On the roof of the lateral bars of two adjacent tegulae abut. To seal a semi- tubular Imbrex is placed over the joint.

Roofing using Tegula and Imbrex were widespread in the Roman provinces. In archaeological contexts finds such tiles are known in large numbers from cities, military camps, Vici and villas. Tegulae occasionally bear manufacturer's stamp or imprints of animal paws. As a manufacturer step on the tile stamps both military units as well as civilians in appearance.

From concept Tegula the words "brick " and " Tegel " derived (as rock).