lattice-work. The word is used (1) for a
lattice-work across a window [DOMUS
Vol. I. p. 686 b
], apparently =
the “fenestrae reticulatae
Varro, R. R.
3.7, and this must be the meaning in Cic. de Or. 1.3. 5
(2) a lattice-work cage for trapping birds [see references under AUCEPS
]. It is possible that this
was contrived by some sort of spring, though the pattern which Rich gives
must be regarded only as a surmise: it is equally possible that the
transenna may have been more like an ordinary birdcage, and worked by a
decoy. The passage from Sallust (quoted by Macr.
), where at a theatrical
entertainment an image of Victory is “demissum in transenna,”
suggests something of the kind--a large wicker cage enclosing the image.
Servius (Serv. ad Aen. 5.488
) reads the
passage, “demissum transenna,” and explains transenna
as a rope; but this would certainly not agree with
the use in Cicero.