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(also pluteum). The root meaning of 'enclosure, screen or shelter made of boards or latticework' extends to several objects:

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[1] Breastwork

As a military t.t, a special breastwork or screen used by the testudo (Vitr. De arch. 10,15,1; cf. Siegecraft).

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[2] Wooden fence

A wooden fence (Liv. 10,38,5) or even a small wooden temple (Anth. Lat. 139, 158).

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[3] Balustrade

As an a…

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Groß, Walter Hatto (Hamburg) and Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg), “Pluteus”, 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 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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