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The first time the Roman boy donned the toga virilis, he wore the (tunica) recta as an undergarment; for the sons of equestrians and senators, it was furnished with the insignia of rank (latus clavus). The long, white tunica with tight upper sleeves which the Roman bride donned on the eve of her wedding, which she slept in and wore on her wedding day was called recta or regilla (Plin. HN 8,194).

Clothing; Toga


Blümner, PrAlt., 336, 350 f. 

C. M. Wilson, The Clothing of the Ancient Romans, 1938, 138-145 

D. Balsdon, Die Frau in der röm…

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Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg), “Recta”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 26 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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