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 p854  Palus

Unsigned article on p854 of

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

PALUS, a pole or stake, was used in the military exercises of the Romans. It was stuck into the ground, and the tirones had to attack it as if it had been a real enemy; hence this kind of exercise is sometimes called Palaria (Veget. I.11). Juvenal (VI.247) alludes to it when he says, "Quis non vidit vulnera pali?" and Martial (VII.32.8) speaks of it under the name of stipes, "Aut nudi stipitis ictus hebes." (Becker, Gallus, I. p278).

For the meaning of palus in a topographical context,
see this section of the article Ager.

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