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ALI´PILUS

ALI´PILUS a slave who attended on bathers, to remove the superfluous hair from their bodies (Sen. Ep. 56.2; Pignorius, de Serv. 42; C. I. L. 4302; Juv. Sat. 11.157, with Mayor's note). The practice extended to ladies, who had female slaves for the purpose, called παρατίλτριαι (Cratin. fr. 251, Meineke; cf. Ovid, Ars Amat. 3.194). Tweezers were used (volsellae, Mart. 9.28, 5) or depilatory ointment. [PSILOTHRUM]

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