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p723 Maenianum

Article by Philip Smith, B.A., of the University of London
on p723 of

William Smith, D.C.L., LL.D.:
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, John Murray, London, 1875.

MAENIANUM signified, originally, a projecting balcony, which was erected round the Roman forum, in order to give more accommodation to the spectators of the gladiatorial combats, by the censor, C. Maenius, B.C. 318 (Festus, s.v. p135, ed. Müller; Isidor. Orig. XV.3 §11º); and hence balconies in general came to be called maeniana. Many allusions to such structures, and to the regulations which were found necessary to keep them within due bounds, are found in the ancient writers (Cic. Acad. IV.22; Non. p83, s.65, Müll.; Sueton. Calig. 13; Vitruv. V.1; Plin. H. N. XXXV.10. s37; Val. Max. IX.12 §7; Cod. Just. VIII.2.20, 10.11, XLIII.8.2 §6, L.16.242 §1; Amm. Marc. XXVII.9.10; see also Amphitheatrum, p88, and Circus, p286A.)


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