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(πῦρ; pŷr, Lat. ignis).

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In practical life the Greeks had already been using fire since Homeric times for cooking, smithing, sacrificing, firing ceramics, for cremation, heating, lighting, as a signal, as a weapon, for cleaning and for extracting ore. People rubbed sticks (πυρεῖα/pyreîa, Theophr. De igne 64 Coutant) against each other or hit appropriate stones in order to ignite a fire, and as a source of fire, they kept a per…

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Furley, William D. (Heidelberg), “Fire”, 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 17 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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