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 p381  Cyclas

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

CYCLAS (κυκλάς), a circular robe worn by women, to the bottom of which a border was affixed, inlaid with gold (Prop. IV.7.40). Alexander Severus, in his other attempts to restrain the luxury of his age, ordained that women should possess only one cyclas each, and that it should not be adorned with more than six unciae of gold (Lamp. Alex. Sev. 41). The cyclas appears to have been usually made of some thin material (tenui in cyclade, Juv. VI.259). It is related, among other instances of Caligula's effeminacy, that he sometimes went into public in a garment of this decoration (Suet. Cal. 52).

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