were worn in winter by Augustus Caesar,
who was very susceptible of cold. (Sueton. Aug.
supposes them to have been bands or fillets [FASCIA
] wound about the thighs; they are more
probably to be identified with the BRACAE
These are mentioned under the name περιμηρίδια
as worn by the Roman horsemen (Arrian,
p. 14, ed. Blancard); and the Column of Trajan, the
arches of Severus and Constantine, and other monuments of imperial times,
present numerous examples of both horse and foot soldiers who wear breeches,
closely fitted to the body, and never reaching much below the knees. (See
cuts under ABOLLA
p. 158 a.