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ἀσκός). A bag made of the skin of an animal (an ox, pig, or goat), carefully stitched at the sides, and made tight by the application of pitch or wax. It was thus used


as a wine-skin (uter vinarius) chiefly for the transportation of wine from place to place (see Vinum); and


as a means of sport for the rustics, as shown in the article Ascoliasmus (q. v.) ( Georg. ii. 384). Water was also carried in skin-bags by armies on the march. The persons in charge of the watersupply were therefore called utrarii (Livy , xliv. 33).

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