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(‘hollow’). 1. Animal cage, beehive. 2. Grid rack placed by fullers over coal fires to dry materials. 3. Terrace-shaped rising seating area in the  amphitheatre,  odeum and  theatre, also common as a public meeting place (e.g. Athens, Pnyx). In larger facilities divided by ambulatories into prima, media and summa cavea that were allocated to various groups of people.


W. A. McDonald, The Political Meeting Places of the Greeks, 1943

J. A. Hanson, Roman Theatre-Temples, 1959

D. B. Small, Social Correlations to the Greek…

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Höcker, Christoph (Kissing), “Cavea”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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