Brill’s New Pauly

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I. General

Pins and needles (βελόνη/belónē, περόνη/perónē, ῥαφίς/rhaphís, Latin acus) were put to a variety of uses in the ancient household: they were used for hair, garments and sewing. They were also a utensil, for example, in the work of doctors (Surgical instruments), sailmakers etc. Tattoos were also done using special needles. The shape of the pin, long and thin with one sharp end, ha…

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Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg), Giesen, Katharina (Tübingen), Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg), Prayon, Friedhelm (Tübingen), Steimle, Christopher (Erfurt), Naso, Alessandro (Udine) and Pingel, Volker (Bochum), “Pins”, 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 03 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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