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Headword: *peri/zwma
Adler number: pi,1141
Translated headword: apron, girdle, loincloth, underclothing
Vetting Status: high
What covers the genitals.
"With the Romans fighting unclothed in [sc. only] their girdles".[1]
Greek Original:
*peri/zwma: to\ u(po\ ta\ ai)doi=a ske/pasma. gumnw=n maxome/nwn tw=n *(rwmai/wn e)n toi=s perizw/masi.
[1] Polybius fr.196 B-W. See also, and more explicitly, Polybius 6.25.3: the earliest Roman cavalry wore no cuirasses but went into battle wearing only their perizw/mata. Here as often elsewhere, gymnos does not mean literally naked but more lightly clothed than might otherwise have been expected.
Keywords: clothing; definition; gender and sexuality; geography; historiography; military affairs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 29 February 2004@08:03:55.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 31 May 2004@00:14:24.
David Whitehead (augmented headword and notes; cosmetic) on 31 May 2004@02:56:04.
David Whitehead (expanded note; tweaks) on 14 September 2011@08:35:18.


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