The Roman Army A to Z: pluteus

pluteus (m. pl. plutei)

1. A mantlet or mobile shed (a three-wheeler, according to Vegetius, arched and formed of wicker), used to protect besiegers attacking a fortification (Caes., BC 2.9.2; Veg., DRM 4.15; Amm. 21.12.6); 2. A breastwork or parapet (Caes., BG 7.41; BC 3.24). See also propugnaculum [Campbell 2003]