a kind of litter (lectica
) in which women were carried in the time of the Roman
emperors. It appears to have resembled the lectica [LECTICA
] very closely; and the only difference
apparently was, that the lectica was carried by slaves and the basterna by
two mules, one before and one behind (Pallad. 7.2, 3; Anth.
3.183, where we learn that it was gilded; see also Joh. Chrys.
Hom. ad Ep. in Rom.
xi.; Lamprid. Heliog.
21), and that the sides might be left open or closed (cf. Amm. Marc. 14.6
). It was driven by a basternarius
Basterna, a Mule Palanquin. (Ginzrot, plate lxvi. fig. 1.)
6.15; Ginzrot, Die Wägen. d.
ii. p. 208).