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[1] An arm-length stick

(Latin for καλαῦροψ/kalaûrops, κορύνη/korýnē, λαγωβόλον/lagōbólon, ῥάβδος καμπύλη/rhábdos kampýlē, ῥόπαλον/rhópalon, 'rabbit stick'). A knotted stick, the length of an arm, with a curved end, which could also be decorated (Verg. Ecl. 5,888-892). The p edum could be a shepherd's staff (e.g. Anth. Pal. 6,177; Theocr. Epigr. 7,43), but it was also used by hunters as a throwing stick, particularly in hunting hares (Anth. Pal. 6,188; 296…

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Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg) and Uggeri, Giovanni (Florence), “Pedum”, 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 06 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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