are mentioned in inscriptions as formed
(Orelli-Henzen, Nos. 2773, 4063).
The meaning of the name is variously explained as gladiators fighting in the
persons who swept it and looked
after it (Orelli), or diggers in an arenaria
sand-pit (Muratori). The first of these three senses is the most probable;
they are named in connexion with lanistae, scenici,
&c., and Tertullian calls them amentissimi
22, cf. Petron. Sat.
126; Capitol. Aurel. Philosoph.,
Rein, ap. Pauly, i.2 s. v.).