A History of the Campaigns of the British Forces in Spain and Portugal; Undertaken to Relieve Those Countries from the French Usurpation Volume 1

A History of the Campaigns of the British Forces in Spain and Portugal; Undertaken to Relieve Those Countries from the French Usurpation Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1812 edition. Excerpt: ...the seat of the praetor to the last benches behind where the knights were placed. The entrance and departure were facilitated by particular passages round the perimetre for the different classes of citizens. Ac Having thus despatched what is most material, the antient Saguntum, it requires only to be added cording to the laws Roscia and Julia, made for the regulation of the theatres, there were fourteen seats allotted for the knights, towards the seventh were two entrances, or cavities, called Vomitoria, and this seat was rather wider than the others, in order that the spectators might get to their places with greater facility. The hardness of the rock was undoubtedly the reason why two entrances were not given to the places of the knights; but this deficiency was supplied by forming on each side of their benches a kind of staircase, the foot of which is in the centre of the pit. The Pracinctio, which the Greeks called Diazona, or girdle, a kind of band, longer and wider than that by which the other seats were bordered, is still visible upon the last benches allotted to the equestrian order; it served to distinguish at first sight the different orders of the state, patricians, knights, and plebians. It also prevented all communication between them; the seats, or benches, the farthest from the orchestra, the most elevated, and twelve in number, were called Summa caveat these were for the people; who had different doors to enter at, either by inner arches cut in the rock, and which still exist, or by a portico at the bottom of the theatre, which served two purposes; one of giving the people a place of retreat in case of sudden rain or bad weather; the other of sheltering the seats front the fall of water or dirt. The portico contained sixteen...show more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236619781
  • 9781236619785