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(θρῆνυς/thrḗnys, ὑποπόδιον/hypopódion, σφέλας/sphélas, rarely χελώνη/chelṓnē; Latin scabellum, scamnum). The footstool was used as a foot bench for a person sitting on the  klismos,  throne or a similar high seating (cf. Hom. Od. 17,409 f.), or as a step for climbing up on the  Kline or down from it. There were three footstool variants: rectangular footstools with simple vertical legs, rectangular footstools with curved legs that ended in animal feet (lion feet), sphinxes etc., as well as a bench without legs. The second …

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Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg), “Footstool”, 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 05 December 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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