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cura . . . tegendas, ‘she bethought herself to cloak all that should be hidden.’ For the care to fall decently, cf. Eur. Hec.568-70, Fast.II. 833(of Lucretia) “tunc quoque iam moriens, ne non procumbat honeste, respicit, haec etiam cura cadentis erat”. The passage from Euripides is quoted by Pliny ( Epp.IV. xi. 9) in his account of the like modesty displayed by the Vestal Cornelia, who, probably innocent, was entombed alive by Domitian: “quin etiam cum in illud subterraneum cubiculum demitteretur, haesissetque descendenti stola, vertit se ac recollegit, cumque ei carnifex manum daret, aversata est et resiluit”.

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