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Achates
(297 words)

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[1] Precious stone

According to Theophr. De lapidibus 31 [1.68], a precious stone (gemma) named after the river of the same name in Sicily (today's Carabi or Canitello), and which, along with 11 others, adorned the official escutcheon of the High Priest Aaron (Ex 39,10-13) [2.204 f.]. According to Plin. HN 37,5, King Pyrrhus of Epirus owned a specimen whose naturally occurring streaks (maculae) depicted Apollo and the nine Muses. According to Plin. HN 37,139-142, the achates and its m…

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Hünemörder, Christian (Hamburg) and Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH), “Achates”, 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 28 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e102020>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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