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(κάτοπτρον/kátoptron; Lat. speculum).

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I. Greek

Circular hand mirrors made of bronze with decorated ivory handles were already known in the Mycenaean period. Then mirrors are again evident from the second half of the 8th cent. BC. Greek mirrors can be divided into hand mirrors, standing mirrors and folding mirrors. Silver mirrors from the Mycenaean period have not survived, those from later periods only in exceptional circumstance…

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Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg), Prayon, Friedhelm (Tübingen) and Pingel, Volker (Bochum), “Mirror”, 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 25 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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