(‘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
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