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Lock, Key
(835 words)

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I. Classical antiquity

(Lock: κλεῖθρον/kleîthron or κλεῖστρον/kleîstron, βαλανάγρα/balanágra; cf. Lat. claustrum/claustra; bolt: μοχλός/mochlós; key: κλεῖς/kleîs, κλειδίον/kleidíon; Lat. clavis). Apart from the bolting of a door or gate by means of a beam, a system was employed in Greek/Roman antiquity that had already been described in Hom. Od. 21,6f.; 46-50 and was still in use in Roman times: a bolt provided with projections wa…

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Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg) and Pingel, Volker (Bochum), “Lock, Key”, 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 18 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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