earlier generations

Horace's words are cinctutis ... Cethegis, `the girdled Cethegi'. He is referring to the time, some 200 years earlier, when such men as M. Cornelius Cethegus (censor B.C. 209, consul 204) wore a kind of girdle or loin-cloth (cinctus) under the toga instead of the tunic of later, more effeminate times.

Note from On The Art Of Poetry, by Horace

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