A wooden structure, of considerable height, used in sieges, from which missiles were thrown
(Fest. p. 88
, Fest. 12
; Ennius ap.
Non. p. 114, 7).
Phalae are mentioned by Juvenal (vi. 590) with the columnae
in the circus. Hence they are supposed by some writers to be columns on the
of the circus, supporting the ova
similar columns supported the dolphins. (See Circus
.) But Servius (ad
Verg. Aen. ix. 705
) says they were towers on
which fights took place, erected between the euripus
and the metae;
and they were probably movable towers used in the sham fights of the