a hammer or truncheon with which, as
well as with his voice, the pausarius
) regulated the motion of
the oars, and made the rowers advance or stop rowing. So Ennius (ap. Non.
151, 26): “tonsamque tenentes Parerent, observarent,
portisculu‘ signum quum dare coepisset.” The pausarius
is also called hortator
4.2, 5; cf. Ov. Met.
). His duties and his station in the stern of the ship are thus
described by Silius Italicus (6.360
Mediae stat margine puppis
Qui voce alternos nautarum temperet ictus Et remis dictet