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n.1.(Rom. Antiq.) A kind of litter or portable couch.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Pulled by two mules, the "litter"-a direct descendant of the ancient Roman "Lectica"-has two, face-to-face seats, sometimes lined in red damask.
Vout argues that "the mention of Trimalchio's deliciae and puer are sufficiently informed by the effeminate connotations of the passage to point us towards Suetonius' account of the puer Sporus, whom Nero castrates, marries, and carries with him in a litter (lectica vectum)." Our best information suggests that Nero married Sporus during his tour of Greece in AD 66/67, that is, a couple of months after Petronius committed suicide.
densissima centum quadrantes lectica petit, sequiturque maritum languida vel praegnas et circumducitur uxor.