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or Galērum, dim. Galericŭlum (probably connected with galea, and so with γαλέη).

Galerus (Du Choul,
p. 100).

Originally a cap of skin or fur, fitting close to the head, worn by rustics (Moret. 122), hunters (Cyneg. 340, where it is of badger-skin), gymnasts in the palaestra to keep the hair clean (Mart.xiv. 50), and by the old inhabitants of Latium instead of a helmet (Verg. Aen. vii. 688; cf. Cudo). For the galerus worn by various priests—e. g. the Pontifices Salii and Flamines and the albogalerus or albus galerus of the Dialis—see Apex. The word is also applied to a wig, the empti capilli of Ovid (A. A. iii. 165; cf. Caliendrum; Coma); worn not only from vanity or to conceal baldness ( Oth. 12), but for the sake of disguise by profligates of both sexes in their nocturnal rambles ( 120, with the schol.); and on the stage as part of the make-up (Guhl and Koner, 5th ed. p. 762).

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    • Vergil, Aeneid, 7.688
    • Ovid, Ars Amatoria, 3
    • Plutarch, Otho, 12
    • Martial, Epigrammata, 14.50
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