stola

noun

sto·​la
ˈstōlə
plural stolae
-ōˌlē
or stolas
: a long draped robe similar to the Greek chiton worn by women of ancient Rome

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The Roman stola resembles the Greek chiton. It is a long, full robe, generally sleeveless, that hangs nearly to the feet and is girdled around the waist. It falls in either folds or pleats from the shoulders to the girdle, then from the girdle to the floor. It was worn by women, especially matrons, of ancient Rome.

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“Stola.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stola. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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