In Roman times the cavea (Latin for "enclosure") referred to the seating sections of Roman theatres and amphitheatres. The cavea is traditionally organised in three horizontal sections, corresponding to the social class of the spectators:
- The ima cavea is the lowest part of the cavea and the one directly surrounding the orchestra. It was usually preserved for the upper echelons of society.
- The media cavea directly follows the ima cavea and was open to the general public, though mostly reserved for men.
- The summa cavea is the highest section and was usually open to women and children.
Similarly the front row was called the prima cavea and the last row was called the cavea ultima. The cavea was further divided vertically into cunei. A cuneus ( Latin for "wedge"; plural, cunei) was a wedge-shaped division separated by the scalae or stairways.
Usage examples of "cavea".
Adventure is going to run two weeks in that chair, just like if you were sitting in the Cavea in a first-hander berth, only worse.
Kollberg stabbed the switch that fed the holoview from the Cavea into thousands of induction helmets.
You will find that the emergency key in your Cavea techbooth is already active.
I turn and I leap for her, to touch her, to complete the circuit, a last desperate attempt to bring her with me, and my outstretched hands pass through her translucent, insubstantial chest, and I fall, gasping and retching out my anger, alone on the transfer platform of the Cavea, in the Studio, in San Francisco.
A two-week Adventure is going to run two weeks in that chair, just like if you were sitting in the Cavea in a first-hander berth, only worse.
And they shut her up in a cavea cave with a low ceiling, so she can't stand up, has to go on all fours.