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('torque'; Lat. also torquis; Gr. στρεπτόν/streptón, 'twisted').

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I. Classical Antiquity

Helically twisted collar of bronze, gold or silver with open but almost touching ends, which were thickened or figure-shaped and could sometimes be turned outwards. Torques are known from the Bronze Age onwards and numerous examples survive. The Greeks learned of torques from the Medes and Persians, where they were worn by people of high stat…

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Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg) and Pingel, Volker (Bochum), “Torques”, 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 10 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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