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AMBUBAIAE female musicians from Syria, who gained their living by performing in public, at Rome, especially in the circus. Their name is derived from the Syrian word abub or anbub, a flute. Their moral condition was that which females of their class generally fall into. The bayadères of India will perhaps give the best idea of what they were. (Hor. Sat. 1.2. 1, with Heindorf's note; Mayor on Juvenal, 3.62; Suet. Nero 27; Priapeia, 26; Petron. 74.13.)


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