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Cosmētae

κοσμηταί). A class of slaves among the Romans, whose duty it was to dress and adorn ladies (Juv.vi. 476). Some writers on antiquities have supposed that the cosmetae were female slaves, but the passage of Juvenal is alone sufficient to refute this opinion; for it was not customary for female slaves to take off their tunics when a punishment was to be inflicted upon them. There was, indeed, a class of female slaves who were employed for the same purposes as the cosmetae; but they were called cosmetriae, a name which Naevius chose as the title for one of his comedies.

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