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p299 Clitellae


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Article by Anthony Rich, Jun. B.A. of Caius College, Cambridge
on p299 of

William Smith, D.C.L., LL.D.:
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, John Murray, London, 1875.

CLITELLAE, a pair of panniers, and therefore only used in the plural number (Hor. Sat. I.5.47; Plaut. Most. III.2.91). In Italy they were commonly used with mules or asses, but in other countries they were also applied to horses, of which an instance is given in the annexed woodcut from the column of Trajan; and Plautus (Ib. 94) figuratively describes a man upon whose shoulders a load of any kind, either moral or physical, is charged, as homo clitellarius.


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