a broom (scopae virgeae,
Cato, Cat. Agr. 156
: cf. Hor. Sat.
2.4, 81). These brooms were made commonly of
the “wild myrtle” or butcher's broom (ρυσξυς
) and of the tamarisk (Plin. Nat. 23.166
, 16.108), but also of myrtle (Eur. Ion 121
), and in richer houses. at Rome of
palm-twigs. (Hor. Sat.
2.4, 83; Mart. 14.82
; cf. Juv.
; Becker-Göll, Gallus,