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1 Formal stretch of water in a Roman garden, often flanked by architectural constructions, statuary, etc., as at the Canopus of the Villa Adriana, Tivoli (134–8).

2 Ditch or canal around an arena in a Roman amphitheatre to deter the escape of wild animals and to separate spectacle from spectators.

J. Curl (2005);Roullet (1972)

Subjects: Architecture.

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