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(σύμπλεγμα/sýmplegma, 'entanglement'). Term used in classical archaeology - after Plin. HN 36,4,24 and 36,4,35 - for erotic groups, primarily in sculpture. The term has been falling out of use in recent times.


A. Stähli, Die Verweigerung der Lüste. Erotische Gruppen in der antiken Plastik, 1999.

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Willers, Dietrich (Berne), “Symplegma”, 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 28 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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