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Symplegma
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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.

Bibliography

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 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1126870>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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