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SCALAE (κλῖμαξ).

1. A ladder. These, whether scaling-ladders or ladders for other purposes, had nothing in their construction which calls for comment.

2 (ἀναβαθμοί). The staircase of a house [cf. DOMUS Vol. I. pp. 663 b, 665 b]. The stairs in ordinary houses were like ladders, except that they had flat steps instead of rungs: they sometimes led directly into the street (Liv. 39.14). Scalae graecae differed from these ladder staircases in having the under side of the step enclosed, so that. the feet of a person going up them would not be visible from below. The Flaminica was not allowed to ascend a high flight of stairs unless they were of this construction (Gel. 10.15; Serv. ad Aen. 4.646). Compare Becker-Göll, Gallus, 2.223; Nissen, Pompeii, 602.

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