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ENCOMBO´MA (ἐγκόμβωμα), an upper garment tied round the body in a knot (κόμβος), and worn like a bib or apron to keep the tunic clean. The regular dress of slaves in comedy was the ἐξωμὶς with an ἐγκόμβωμα over it (Pollux, 4.119; Alb. Müller, Bühnenalterth. p. 262: cf. Longus, Past. 2.33; Varr. ap. Non. p. 542). According to Müller, it was probably a slave's pallium stitched to the chiton behind, so as to leave both hands free and the movements of the body unimpeded.


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