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1861 Excerpt: ...it appears that it was dedicated to the memory of
Olympias by her freed-man, Epithymetus. The inscription
is--MEMORIAE CL. Tl. F. OLYMPIADIS. EPITHYMETVS. LIB. PATRONAE.
PIENTISSIMAE which may be translated--" To the memory of Claudia
Olympias, his most affectionate patron, the daughter of Tiberius or
Titus Epithymetus, her freed-man dedicates this bust." There is no
record from which it can be determined who this lady was, or
whether she was connected or not with the Imperial family; but the
style of head-dress, and the use of the word "pientissimae"--a
later form than the more usual "piissimae"--suggests that the
period of its execution was not earlier than the commencement of
the second century. Though evidently not intended for one of them,
there is a striking analogy between this bust and those of
Marciana, Matidia, and Julia Sabina. The head-dress is, probably,
that called Galericulum or Galerum, (1) a covering for the head
made of hair and analogous to the wig, which is noticed in many
places of ancient authors. It may also be remarked that the drapery
she wears is very unusual, indeed, the only other instance in which
we have met with it is on a bronze bust of an Amazon in the
collection of the late R. Payne Knight, Esq. It would appear that,
under the outer garment or stola, there passes over the left
shoulder another and fringed inner one, not, improbably, a form of
the tunic or indusium, and which. represents one of the various
Oriental attires introduced into Rome about the first century of
our aera, and adopted by the followers of the foreign sects. The
outer dress has a narrow border, or hem, and is fastened at the
shoulders by two small fibulae. This hem may, possibly, represent
the stripe of colour round the neck...
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