A tent. The first of these words was originally a hut made of boards (tabulae
). Tents were regularly made of skins stretched on wooden supports, like our
canvas tents; whence the name tentorium.
In summer the soldiers slept in
tents (sub pellibus durare
, Livy, v. 2
in winter they were lodged either in towns or, if in camp, in huts of stone or turf. To give
them only tents in winter was regarded as very severe (Tac.
Ann. xiii. 35
). The κλισίαι
were not really tents at all, but only wooden or walled huts. See Buchholz, Hom.
, ii. 340.
See Augures; Divinatio