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The different levels of the cavea in the Roman Theatre at Bosra. Ima cavea in blue, media cavea in red and summa cavea in yellow.

In Roman times the cavea were the subterranean cells in which wild animals were confined before the combats in the Roman arena or amphitheatre.[1]

The cavea also refers to the seating sections of

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  2. ^ Roman Architecture


See also

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.

  • 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.


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