), a purse. It was a leathern bag.
slung round the neck (Plaut. Asin.
3.1, 7); and usually hung down behind, which
exposed it to the attacks of the “cut-purse” (βαλλαντιοτόμος,
4.2, 20). Hence we find a master walking behind the
slave who carries his purse, that he may keep an eye upon it (Id.
1.2, 37). Crumenae were of different shapes. A
bronze lamp engraved in Rich and in D. and S. shows a flat bag not unlike a
postman's, closed with a flap: we also find mention of συσπαστὰ βαλλάντια,
round pouches with strings to draw
190 E; Ath. xi. p. 783 f; cf. ARYBALLOS