A rough, thick cloak resembling the Greek chlamys
(q. v.), and called
by Horace (
Ep. i. 17, 25
) duplex pannus.
It was of foreign
Abolla. (Arch of Septimius Severus.)
and at Rome in imperial times was worn indiscriminately as an outer garment (Juv.iv. 76
). With the wealthy it was often of purple (Suet. Cal. 35
); but it seems to have retained its
simple coarseness when adopted by philosophers. It was thus worn by the Cynics, serving alike
for day and night clothes (Martial, iv. 53, 5; Ep. l. c.
, the same as the
, Diog. Laert. vi.
). The abolla as worn by soldiers is probably to be recognized in the bas-relief from
the arch of Septimius Severus.