Clitellae（κανθήλια). A pair of panniers, and therefore only used in the plural number. In Italy they were commonly used with mules or asses, but in other countries they were also applied to horses, of which an instance is given in the following illustration from the Column of Trajan; and Plautus figuratively describes a man upon whose shoulders a load of any kind, either moral or physical, is charged as homo clitellarius. A particular spot in the city of Rome, and certain parts of the Via Flaminia, which, from their undulations in hill and valley, were thought to resemble the flowing line of a pair of panniers, were also termed Clitellae.
|Clitellae. (Column of Trajan.)|