Term for the massive elongated barrier that divided a Roman circus into two tracks running in opposite directions. A spina was usually walled and variously decorated (e.g. with statues); at its ends stood the metae (Meta ) that marked the turning point of the running track.
Höcker, Christoph (Kissing) and
Uggeri, Giovanni (Florence),
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