Boxer with cestus

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“The cestus was used by boxers from the earliest times. It consisted of thongs of raw ox-hide, or of leather, tied round the hands of pugilists, in order to render their blows more powerful. Sometimes these bands were tied round the arms as high as the elbow.” — Anthon, 1891


Roman Empire


Charles Anthon Aenid of Virgil (New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1891) 543


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