, when furled, by a pent-roof on the wall of the building.
So far as ingenuity has been exercised upon this subject it has generally been upon modes of lowering and winding, having especial reference to shading sidewalks and show-windows.
Some devices, however, have been intended for window-shades, and are modified in shape and mode of operation to suit their location.
Awnings of linen were first used by the Romans in the theater, when Q. Catulus dedicated the Temple of Jupiter, B. C. 69.
After this, Lentulus Spinther is said to have first introduced cotton awnings in the theater at the Apollinarian Games, July 6, B. C. 63; 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 Oct