A flat and rather broad girdle worn by young unmarried women (ζώνη
) around their hips (Homer Od.
; Ov. Fast. ii. 231
Flora, showing Zona. (National Museum, Naples.)
as exemplified in the accompanying illustration; whereas the common girdle (cingulum
) was placed immediately under the bosom. The zone was not laid
aside until after the wedding, when the bridegroom had unfastened it with his own hands;
whence the expression zonam solvere
Her. ii. 115
) means “to enter the married
A broad belt worn by men round their loins (Hom.
Il. xi. 234
; Plaut. Merc.
v. 2, 84), and made double or
hollow like our shot-belts, for the purpose of carrying money deposited in it about the
person (C. Gracch. ap.
Gell. xv. 12
; Suet. Vit.
); whence the expression zonam perdere
(Plin. Ep. ii. 2, 40
“to lose one's money.”
The Greek writers also use the term for a soldier's belt, worn round the loins, to cover
the juncture of the cuirass and the kilt of leather straps. See Thorax