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Since Roman times cutlery has become increasingly important at table. The most common items were spoons, divided into two groups by shape; the cochlearia whose pointed handle made the eating of mussels possible, and the ligulae whose tip often bore a round decoration [1]. This theoretical classification was in reality undoubtedly less strict. In the course of time we observe a trend in shapes and sizes: the bow of the spoon is one of the most typical elements (in the 3rd cent. AD, for example, it assumes a characte…

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Baratte, François (Paris), “Cutlery”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 01 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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