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Laurium
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(Λαύρειον, Λαύριον; Laúreion, Laúrion).

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A. General

L. refers to the Attic mining district in south-east Attica as a whole as well as to a specific mining complex within that district. As L. can be etymologically linked with λαύρα/laúra (Hom. Od. 22,128; 22,137) from the Mycenaean ra-u-ra-ta, it seems that from very early on the region owed its name to the mine.

The most important mining district of Greek antiquity, L. with its min…

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Lohmann, Hans (Bochum), “Laurium”, 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 04 July 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e632760>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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