1. A flounce; a fillet. The Roman matrons sometimes wore a broad fillet with
ample folds, sewed to the bottom of the tunic and reaching to the instep.
The use of it indicated propriety and good taste in dress (Hor. Sat.
1.2, 29; Ovid, Ars
1.32). It must have resembled a modern flounce. The notion
that it was a train rather than a flounce, favoured by Rich (s. v.) and
Becker, is decisively rejected by Göll (Becker-Göll,
2. The word instita seems sometimes to have borne much the same sense as FASCIA
e. g. the girth of a bed,
which might also be used as a bandage (Petron. Sat.
cc. 20, 97). In a rather obscure line of Statius (
“Candida pampineo subnectitur instita filo,”
7.654), it appears to mean a riband or fillet [VITTA
] tied round a thyrsus: Rich
gives an example of this from a Pompeian painting.