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dim. Fasciŏla (ταινία, ἀπόδεσμος). Any long, narrow strip of cloth employed as a bandage.


A band worn round the head as an ensign of royalty (Iul. 79).


A band worn by wom

Fascia Worn by Women. (Rich.)

en round the chest for the improvement of the figure (Terent. Eun. ii. 3, 23; Propert. v. 9, 49; Ovid, A. A. iii. 276, 622). See Strophium.


A band worn round the legs and shins, a kind of stocking; hence called fasciae crurales Dig. xxxiv. 2, 25) and tibiales (Suet. Aug. 82). That such bandages also covered the feet is clear from the epithet of fasciae pedules Dig. xxxiv. 2, 26). Cicero reproached Clodius with effeminate habits for wearing purple fasciae upon his feet, and the calantica, a woman's ornament, upon his head (De Har. Resp. 21.44; Fragm. Or. in Clod. et Cur.; cf. Non. p. 537). Afterwards

Fascia, Swaddlingclothes. (Pompeian Painting.)

fasciae crurales became common even with the male sex (Hor. Sat. ii. 3, 255; Val. Max. vi. 2.7). White fasciae, worn by men (Val. Max. l. c.), were a sign of extraordinary refinement in dress; the mode of cleaning them was by rubbing them with a white, tenacious earth, resembling our pipe-clay (Ad Att. ii. 3).


The sacking of the bed on which the mattress rested (Mart.v. 62; Mart. xiv. 159).


Fasciae were also the swaddlingclothes in which infants were wrapped (Plaut. Truc. v. 13).


In architecture,

Fascia. (From the Temple of Bacchus at Teos.)

any long, flat surface of wood, stone, or marble, such as the band which divides the architrave from the frieze in the Doric order, and the surfaces into which the architrave itself is divided in the Ionic and Corinthian orders (Vitruv. iii. 5, 10). See Epistylium.

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