3; they were red, yellow, and iron-gray.
By and by, Caesar the Dictator covered with awnings the whole Roman Forum, and the Sacred Way, from his own house to the ascent of the Capitoline Hill; this was 46 B. C., and is said to have appeared more wonderful than the gladiatorial exhibition itself.
Afterward, without exhibiting games, Marcellus, the son of Octavia, sister of Augustus, when he was aedile and his uncle consul the eleventh time, on the day before the Kalends of August, July 31, 23 B. C., protected the Forum from the rays of the sun, that the people engaged in lawsuits might stand with less injury to their health.
Pliny says: What a change from the manners that prevailed under Cato the Censor, who thought that the Forum should even be strewed with caltrops!
The awnings extended, by the aid of ropes, over the amphitheater of the Emperor Nero, were dyed azure like the heavens, and bespangled with stars.
The atrium, or hall of audience, of the Roman houses, ha