A name applied by the Romans to every honourable married woman. She enjoyed the highest
esteem; the way was cleared for her in the street, in which she could not appear
unaccompanied, and she was not allowed to be touched even when cited before a law court. She
was distinguished by the long white stola
, the cloak called palla
, and her hair divided into six plaits, with woollen ribbons (vittae
) wound round it.