What is HYSTEROPOTMOI?

Those who, having been thought dead, had, after a long absencein foreign countries, returned safely home; or those who, having been thoughtdead in battle, had afterwards unexpectedly escaped from their enemies and returnedhome. These, among the Romans, were not permitted to enter their own houses at thedoor, but were received at a passage opened in the roof. Enc. Lond.

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