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[1] Barrier in a Roman circus

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 [2]) that marked the turning point of the running track.


J. Humphrey, Roman Circuses, 1986, Index s. v. S.

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[2] City at the mouth of the Spines

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Höcker, Christoph (Kissing) and Uggeri, Giovanni (Florence), “Spina”, 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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