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 …

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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 August 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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