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- n. A toga of purple, or ornamented with purple horizontal stripes, worn by kings, consuls, and augurs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A toga of purple, or ornamented with purple horizontal stripes. -- worn by kings, consuls, and augurs.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A robe of state worn by kings, consuls, augurs, etc., in ancient Rome. It was a toga ornamented with horizontal purple stripes. See toga.
* '' trabea '' '- toga entirely in purple, worn by statues of deities and emperors
Besides the occurrence of "trabea carnis indutus," at the commencement of a sermon on S. S.ephen by S. Fulgentius
Ruspensis, I have just now met with the expressions, "trabea carnis velatus," and "carnis trabea amicti," in a copy of the _editio princeps_ of the Latin version of Damascen's books in defence of Image-worship, by
Rome was at first governed by kings, chosen by the people; their power was not absolute, but limited; their badges were the _trabea_ or white robe adorned with stripes of purple, a golden crown and ivory sceptre; the _curule_ chair and twelve _lictors_ with the _fasces_, that is, carrying each a bundle of rods, with an axe in the middle of them.
Romulus wore it in his trabea or royal mantle, and
Servius comes forth with the trabea and lictors, and seating himself on the king's throne, decides some cases, with respect to others pretends that he will consult the king.
On the diptych of Boetius at Brescia (487) and several others of the same type the consul is clad in a trabea (a kind of toga); he holds in his left hand the scipio (consular sceptre) and in his right the mappa circensis, or white cloth which he used to wave as the signal for the games in the circus.
Here he himself took the cowl, so that "he who had been wont to go about the city clad in the trabea and aglow with silk and jewels, now clad in a worthless garment served the altar of the Lord"
Servius appeared in his trabea attended by the lictors, and after taking his seat in the royal chair decided some cases and adjourned others under presence of consulting the king.
The unequalled splendour of his _trabea_, of which the embroideries disappeared under the number and flash of colour of the jewels, left the populace gaping.
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