III.38 common pulpits: rostra, the public platforms in the Forum.
Fructus 5-coccus, rostratus; rostra spiralia, introrsum barbata.
To make his story probable, he says that it was done before the head was fixed on the rostra.
It was of bronze, made out of the rostra of the captured ships.
But scarcely was he let loose when he returned and made his way to the rostra with loud shouts, urging the citizens to aid him.
The form of this rostra is preserved to us, being represented on a coin.
Before leaving the area we may raise the question whether it contained a speakers' platform, like the rostra in the Roman Forum.
Constantine is shown in this bas-relief addressing the people from the rostra.
The column of Phocas is also erect; and you see some portions of the rostra fitted together out of fragments discovered near by.
The heads of the most eminent citizens they fastened to the rostra.
1540s, from Latin rostrum, name of the platform stand for public speakers in the Forum in ancient Rome. It was decorated with the beaks of ships taken in the first naval victory of the Roman republic, over Antium, in 338 B.C.E., and the word's older sense is "end of a ship's prow," literally "beak, muzzle, snout," originally "means of gnawing," instrument noun form of rodere "to gnaw" (see rodent). Cf. claustrum "lock, bar," from claudere "to shut." Extended sense of any platform for public speaking is first recorded 1766. Classical plural form is rostra.
rostrum ros·trum (rŏs'trəm)
n. pl. ros·trums or ros·tra (-trə)
A beaklike or snoutlike projection.