I.a covered place, a tent
, etc.: —in pl. a camp
, Lat. castra
2.generally, a dwelling-place, house, temple, Eur.
II.a wooden stage
for actors, Plat.
:—in the regular theatre, the σκηνή
was a wall at the back of the stage, with doors for entrance and exit; the stage
(in our sense) was προσκήνιον
, the sides or wings παρασκήνια
, and the wall under the stage, fronting the orchestra, ὑποσκήνια.
metaph. stage-effect, unreality
, σκηνὴ πᾶς ὁ βίος
"all the world's a stage, " Anth.
III.the tented cover, tilt of a wagon, Aesch., Xen.: also a bed-tester, Dem.
IV.an entertainment given in tents, a banquet, Xen.