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Coa Vestis

also Coa (n. pl.). The Coan cloth or garments, mentioned by various authors, but most frequently by the Latin poets of the Augustan Age (e. g. Tibull. ii. 3, 53; 4, 29; Propert. i. 2, 2; ii. 1; v. (iv.) 2, 23; Hor. Carm. iv. 13, 13; Sat. i. 2, 101). From their expressions we learn that it had a great degree of transparency, that it was remarkably fine, that it was chiefly worn by women of loose reputation, and that it was sometimes dyed purple ( Hor. Carm. l. c.) and enriched with stripes of gold. It has been supposed to have

Coa Vestis. (
Mus. Borbon.
viii. 5.)

been made of silk, because in Cos silk was spun and woven at an early period, so as to obtain a high celebrity. See Sericum.

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