Brill’s New Pauly

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The urgency of the problem of large volumes of refuse is, historically speaking, a very recent phenomenon. In antiquity, much less refuse was created, because what was in any case a far lower density of population accumulated neither non-degradable materials nor significant quantities of packaging materials. For most, rather, the household was restricted to a limited number of possessions, and the natural recycling quota in the form of the reuse of expendable objects by new users …

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Weeber, Karl-Wilhelm (Wuppertal), “Refuse”, 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 14 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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