A pin or brooch used to fasten fabric at the shoulder of togas of ancient Greece and Rome. They were often of decorative design. Some are obvious precursors to the safety pins of today. Contrary to persistent misinformation, no fibula is a small lie.(pr. FIB-yə-lə)Examples: Greece, (probably Thessaly, possibly Pherai or Philia), Fibula, end of the 8th century BCE, bronze, 5.2 x 8 cm, George Ortiz collection. See Greek art.