Praetexta Pr[ae]*tex"ta, n.; pl. {Pr[ae]text[ae]}, E. {Pr[ae]textas}. [L. (sc. toga), fr. praetextus, p. p. of praetexere to weave before, to fringe, border; prae before + texere to weave.] (Rom. Antiq.) A white robe with a purple border, worn by a Roman boy before he was entitled to wear the toga virilis, or until about the completion of his fourteenth year, and by girls until their marriage. It was also worn by magistrates and priests. [1913 Webster]

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  • PRAETEXTA — Togae species, Etruscae, ut Plinius censet, originis, ita appellata est, quod in extrema ora limboque purpuram praetextam sive circumtextam haberet: quam ob rem a Plutarcho περιπόρφυρος nominatur. Instituisse illam omnium primum Romae Tullium… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Praetexta — (lat.), das mit einem Purpurstreifen besetzte Nationalkleid der Römer, s. Toga. Daher P. (Praetextata tragoedia), eine römische Tragödie, deren Sujet ein Vorfall aus der römischen Geschichte war, s. Tragödie …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Praetexta — (lat.), s. Toga …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Praetexta — Praetẹxta   [lateinisch »die vorn Verbrämte«] die, /...tae, die mit einem Purpurstreifen entlang dem Rand verbrämte Toga der altrömischen Oberbeamten; danach das ernste Nationaldrama der Römer (Fabula praetexta oder praetextata); in ihm trug der …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Praetexta — A Praetexta or Praetexta Fabula was a category of Roman tragedy which dealt with the themes of historical Roman figures, instead of the conventional Greek myths. Writers of praetextae included Ennius, Pacuvius and Lucius Accius. The name… …   Wikipedia

  • praetexta — /pree tek steuh/, n., pl. praetextae / tek stee/. 1. (in ancient Rome) a white toga with a broad purple border, worn by priests and magistrates as an official costume, and by certain other Romans as ceremonial dress. 2. a similar garment worn by… …   Universalium

  • Praetexta — Prae|tex|ta [prɛ...] die; , ...ten <aus gleichbed. lat. (fabula) praetexta> altröm. ernstes Nationaldrama; vgl. ↑Prätext …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • PRAETEXTA — praetextam, praetextas …   Abbreviations in Latin Inscriptions

  • praetexta — prae·tex·ta …   English syllables

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