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κοσμηταί). A class of slaves among the Romans, whose duty it was to dress and adorn ladies ( 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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