). On board ship, the officer who gave out the
), which was sung or played to make the rowers
keep the stroke,
Hortator. (From the Vatican Vergil.)
and, as it were, encourage them at their work (Ovid,
Met. iii. 619
; cf. Verg. Aen.
; Serv. ad loc.
), whence the name (solet
hortator remiges hortarier
, Plaut. Merc.
iv. 2, 5). He sat on the stern
of the vessel, with a truncheon in his hand, which he used to beat the time, as represented in
the above illustration.