). In Homer, an adjective applied to the girdle
) of Aphrodité, on which were embroidered
all manner of enticements to love. It means “perforated”—i. e.
with holes made by the needle—“embroidered,” acu
— and is formed from the same base (viz. kas
) as κεάζω
, or κεντέω
. It is to be
considered the same as the στρόφιον, ταινία, μίτρα,
, fascia pectoralis, mammillare
, which is found on
statues of Aphrodité worn next the skin (Mart.xiv.
). (See Baumeister, Denkmäler
, etc., p. 366, fig. 393.) It
was accordingly made of some soft substance. In Mart. xiv. 66, pellis
probably what we should call kid. Its object was to support and sometimes to compress too full
bosoms, like the modern corset, but it was not used, like the latter, to pinch in the figure.
The Greeks and Romans were strangers to this injurious practice (Baumeister, l. c.), and,
accordingly, every girl did not wear one. Winckelmann and Saglio consider that, owing to its
splendour, the κεστός
of Aphrodité was a belt worn
outside the dress.