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A raised platform upon which slaves were exposed for sale, so that the intending purchasers might more readily examine their points (Tibull. ii. 3, 60; Pers. vi. 77). The platform was sometimes made to revolve, as appears from Statius ( Silv. ii. 1 Silv., 72). When the platform was used in private sales it was called catasta arcana (Mart.ix. 60.5). See Servus.

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