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Rudis
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[German version]

[1] Thin stick

Thin stick or spoon for stirring foods, medications, etc. (Greek κύκηθρον/kýkēthron, Aristoph. Pax 654), called rudicula in its small form (Plin. HN 34,176), usually made of wood, more rarely of iron (Plin. HN 34,170).

[German version]

[2] Wooden epee

Wooden stick or rapier for the fencing exercises of soldiers and gladiators. The rudis also served the lanista as a badge for separating fighting gladiators or for bestowing order on the fight. Retired glad…

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Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg), “Rudis”, 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 22 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1025300>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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