Brill’s New Pauly

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A. Terminology (CT)

From Ancient Greek spolás: leather jerkin, Latin spolia: clothing and weapons robbed from an opponent in war, booty [34]; applied in the Middle Ages traditionally and, in this sense, generally to plunder (Serv. Aen. 11,80; Isidore of Seville, Etymologiae 18,375,8; Rabanus Maurus, De Universo 20,2). Against the background of antiquarian research in Rome, by the 16th cent. at the latest spolia or spoglie could …

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Müller, Walter W. (Marburg/Lahn) and Müller, Rebecca, “Spolia”, 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 07 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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