- A downward-sloping surface.
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Examples from the Web for clivus
Sabina, once the Clivus Publicius (available for carriages), turns up the hill.Walks in Rome
Augustus J.C. Hare
The remains of the tufa wall exist on the left of the Clivus, in front of the Temple of Saturn.Rambles in Rome
S. Russell Forbes
After he had passed the Clivus Delphini, he ascended the Appian aqueduct on steps prepared purposely.
The sun had risen high in the heavens, and crowds of people flowed in, as usual, through the Clivus Argentarius to the Forum.