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(Greek στλεγγίς/stlengís, ξύστρα/xýstra).

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[1] Implement for sports and cosmetics

Ancient implement for sports and cosmetics, primarily of bronze or iron, for scraping off oil, sweat and dirt after practising sport and after visiting a steam bath (laconica or sudatoria) in the balnea or thermae. It was part of a grooming set, which for the Greeks also included a sponge and a small bottle of oil (Alabastron, Lekythos [1]), and for the Romans an amp…

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Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg), Groß, Walter Hatto (Hamburg) and Künzl, Ernst (Mainz), “Strigilis”, 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 29 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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