Definition: Sebasteion, Lararia, Velarium, Spectacula, Hoi Polloi

Hoi Polloi is Greek, eh? Had no idea. I only ever knew the word from the musical, Wicked.

 

Lararia

Modest shrines at Roman town crossroads or inside home atria dedicated to somewhat mysterious guardian deities called Lares

 

Hoi polloi

Greek for “the many” (literally), or “the people” figuratively

 

Spectacula

Seating area in Roman forum (arena is playing surface only)

 

Velarium

Sun shade area in Roman amphitheatre