Salinum
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[German version]

(ἁλία/halía). Small salt container (Plin. HN 33,153) made of silver, occasionally of clay. It belonged in every Roman household and was used for adding salt during dinner, but had a special function in the domestic cult as well: Up to the Imperial Period, the salinum was used in food offerings between the main course and dessert (Liv. 26,36,6; Stat. Silv. 1,4,130 f.). This cultic significance explains why the salinum was handed down from father to son (Hor. Carm. 2,16,13 f.).

Mola salsa

Bibliography

M. Besnier, s. v. S., DS IV/2, 1022 

A. Hug, s.…

Cite this page
Gutsfeld, Andreas (Münster), “Salinum”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider. Consulted online on 06 December 2016 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1028140>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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