from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Plural of
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Reticuli circa columnas, plutei circa parietes, item cilicia, vela, ædium non sunt.
No other words than those I have been discussing are, so far as I know, applied by the best writers to the storage of books; and, after a careful study of the passages in which they occur, I conclude that, so long as rolls only had to be accommodated, private libraries in Rome were fitted with rows of shelves standing against the walls (_plutei_), or fixed to them (_pegmata_).
They, moreover, built over the joists with small bricks as high as the protection of the plutei and vineae permitted them; and on that place they laid two beams across, angle-ways, at a small distance from the outer walls, to support the rafters which were to cover the turret, and on the beams they laid joists across in a direct line, and on these they fastened down planks.
But when that part of the turret which was completed was protected and secured against every attempt of the enemy, they removed the plutei to other works.