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BABYLO´NICUM (usually in plural), a Babylonian coverlet, placed upon couches (Lucr. 4.1029; Fest. p. 298, Müller) and horses (Dig. 34, tit. 2, s. 25.3), sometimes used as a garment (amictus aureo Babylonico, Publ. Syr. ap. Petron. 55), though Ulpian (Dig. l.c.) denies that it should be classed as a dress (non puto vestis esse), was much prized by the Romans for its brilliant colour (Lucr. l.c.) and embroidery (Mart. 8.28, 17).


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