The wooden foil of the gladiators. On the discharge of a gladiator from further service, he
was presented with a rudis marked with the letters SP (i. e. spectatus).
Cf. Hor. Epist. i. 1, 2, with the commentators. See Gladiatores.
Harry Thurston Peck. Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities. New York. Harper and Brothers. 1898.
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