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 p259  Causia

Article by James Yates, M.A., F.R.S.,
on p259 of

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

[image ALT: Two engravings: the first of a man, barechested except for a cloak fastened by a brooch, and wearing a hat with a two-horned brim; the other of an ancient coin depicting a horse, with behind it a man wearing a similar hat and carrying two lances. They are both depictions of an ancient Macedonian hat called the 'causia'.]

CAUSIA (καυσία), a hat with a broad brim, which was made of felt and worn by the Macedonian kings (Valer. Max. V.1 § 4).º Its form is seen in the annexed figures, which are taken from a fictile vase, and from a medal of Alexander I of Macedonia. The Romans adopted it from the Macedonians (Plaut. Mil. Glor. IV.4.42, Pers. I.3.75; Antip. Thess. in Brunckii Anal. II.111), and more especially the Emperor Caracalla, who used to imitate Alexander the Great in his costume (Herodian IV.8 § 5).

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