Wondrous Words Wednesday: random

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) and interesting (to us, again) words we encountered in our readings. See this week round-up at BermudaOnion’s blog!

I have a backlog of words to share, but no time to do so. For this week, I’ll have to make do with one good find I got from my trustworthy random word generator 🙂


Lacerna: n. a cloak worn by the Romans over the toga, whence it is called by Juvenal (IX.28) “munimentum togae.” It differed from the paenula in being an open garment like the Greek pallium, and fastened on the right shoulder by means of a buckle (fibula), whereas the paenula was what is called a vestimentum clausum with an opening for the head.
*This definition comes from “A Dictionary of Greek and Other Antiquities” as cited here

Bust of Antoninus Pius wearing a lacerna, from the Capitoline Museum, image source



2 comments on “Wondrous Words Wednesday: random

  1. Great word! I never knew Romans wore anything over their togas, but it makes sense when I think about it.

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