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Theke
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[German version]

(θήκη; thḗkē) is a term for any kind of container. In particular, from the 5th/4th cent. BC onwards it is used in texts and inscriptions for niche-shaped burial places, whether for burials in funerary buildings (Melos, 4th cent. BC) and vaults (Hdt. 1,67,3; 2,148,5), or for storing cinerary urns (Alexandria), but not sarkophagoi (Sarcophagus). Latin theca , in contrast, refers exclusively to holders for objects, primarily writing implements.

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E. Saglio, s. v. loculus, DS 3.2, 1904, 1292-1295 

A. Hug, s. v. T., RE …

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Neudecker, Richard (Rome), “Theke”, 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 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1207430>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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