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gynaecēum or gynaecīum (gun- ), i, n., = γυναικεῖον.
I. Among the Greeks, the inner part of the house where the women dwelt, the women's apartments, Plaut. Most. 3, 2, 68; 72; Ter. Phorm. 5, 6, 26; Cic. Phil. 2, 37, 95.—
II. Among the Romans, the emperor's seraglio, where also women spun and wove the imperial garments: “matresfamilias ingenuae ac nobiles in gynaeceum rapiebantur,Lact. de Mort. Pers. 21; Veg. Mil. 1, 7; Cod. Just. 9, 27, 5; 11, 7, 5.
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