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The outer garment worn by Roman citizens when appearing in public. Hence, the Romans were known as the gens togata, or togaed people. The toga consisted of a single piece of undyed woolen cloth, cut almost in a semicircle and worn in a flowing fashion around the shoulders and body.

toga picta The toga embroidered with golden stars that was worn by the emperor on special occasions and by a victorious general at his triumph.

toga praetexta The toga with a purple border that was worn by children, by those engaged in sacred rites, by magistrates, and by others.

toga virilis The plain white toga worn by men (Lat, virilis, " manly " ); it was assumed by boys when they reached fifteen years of age.

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Publication:Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia, 3rd ed.
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Date:Jan 1, 1987
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