（νάννοι, νᾶνοι, σκωπαῖοι, στίλπωνες
). Pygmies or dwarfs,
beings of diminutive stature, kept for amusement and as rarities among the number
of State slaves (Suet. Tib. 61
males and females (nanae
) (Lamprid. Alex. Sev.
were neither always distorted in figure, nor always of mental imbecility, like the moriones
, for they were taught music and other accomplishments (Propert. iv.
8, 41). Deformity, however, added to their value; and this was often caused by artificial
means, children being kept in a casting or frame to stunt their growth (De
44, 5). See Mayor on Juv.viii. 32
, 152; and Pumilio.