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Kausia
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(καυσία; kausía). Primarily Macedonian head cover with a wide brim to protect the wearer from the rays of the sun (kaûsis), but it could also serve as a helmet (Anth. Pal. 6,335). The kausia was made from leather or felt and sometimes had a chin strap. Depictions on coins of the 5th cent. BC already document the kausia as part of the attire of Macedonian kings. From Alexander [4] the Great (Ath. 12,537e), the kausia, by then scarlet, has become one of the main features of the Macedonian royal costume (Plut. Antonius 54; cf. Arr. Anab. 7,22,2) and is worn with a tiara ( diádēma ) (Ath…

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Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg), “Kausia”, 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 03 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e611350>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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