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[1] Ancient ornament

Among ancient ornaments the meander has the longest continuous tradition, spanning from its first appearance in prehistoric cultures to Christian Late Antiquity. In the Neolithic and Bronze Age the meander appears in linear pottery cultures, on the Balkan and in Italy as a running ornament [1] and in Helladic and Mycenaean decorations occasionally as a crenellated meander [3. 24]. There is, however, no continuity to t…

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Willers, Dietrich (Berne), “Meander”, 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 13 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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