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HIPPOPE´RAE

HIPPOPE´RAE (ἱπποπῆραι), saddle-bags. This appendage to the saddle [EPHIPPIUM] was made of leather or untanned hide (sacculi scortei, Festus, s. v. Bulgae), and seems not to have changed its form and appearance in ancient or modern times. Its proper Latin name was bisaccium (Petron. Sat. 31, 9), which gave origin to bisaccia in Italian and besace, bissac in French. By the Gauls, saddle-bags were called bulgae [BULGA]. The Greek term hippoperae is quoted only from a single passage of Seneca (Ep. 87.9).

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