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 p1071  Strophium

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

STROPHIUM (ταινία, ταινίδιον, ἀπόδεσμος) was a girdle or belt worn by women round the breast and over the inner tunic or chemise (Non. XIV.8: tereti strophio luctantes vincta papillas, Catull. LXIV.65). It appears from an epigram of Martial (XIV.66) to have been usually made of leather (Becker, Gallus, vol. I p321).​a

Thayer's Note:

a It appears to have been usually made of leather: Writing 500 years later, although with an eye to old customs, Isidore says the strophium is of gold and jewelled (Orig. XIX.33.3).

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