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Viergöttersteine

(225 words)

Author(s): Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg)
[German version] are parts of Jupiter-Giants-columns (Monumental columns III.), found immediately on top of the columns' substructures (followed upwards by a medial plinth with the 'gods of the week' - e.g. Venus for Friday, Saturn for Saturday, a column shaft, decorated with scales or garlands, with a base and a capital with a Iuppiter riding down a Giant). The figures of gods on Viergöttersteine are usually placed in recessed fields: they are usually Iuno (front), Minerva (left), Mercurius (right) and Hercules (back); other gods can be depicted, however, …

Keroma

(84 words)

Author(s): Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg)
[German version] (κήρωμα; kḗrōma, Lat. ceroma). In the medical sense, a salve or cerate, Hippoc. Acut. 8 (vol. 2, p. 424) or a salve (Mart. 4,4,10). In Imperial Rome, keroma designated a wax tablet, and also the clayey wax-coloured surface of a wrestling ring that soils the body or neck of the athletes (Juv. 3, 68); from this, the term keroma was extended to the ring or arena itself (Plin. HN 30,5). Also, those employed there were called kērōmatistaí. Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg)

Messapian pottery

(239 words)

Author(s): Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg)
[German version] Messapian pottery originated on the Italian peninsula of Salento (in Antiquity Messapia or Iapygia) around the mid-7th cent. BC as an independent genre. For the most part, geometric patterns (circles, squares, diamonds, horizontal lines, swastikas, etc.) were sparsely distributed over vessels; later, under Greek influence maeanders were added. Preferred vessel forms were the olla , pitcher and trozzella ( nestoris). Early in the 5th cent. BC, figurative representations, which also included new ornaments (ivy and other leaf motifs), appeared under the influence of imported Attic ware. The painting covered the entire surface area of the vessels. In the 4th cent. BC, the geometric patterns returned but with floral elements that were borrowed from Attic and Lower Italian vase painting, especially Gnathia ware; the paintings were divided by metope frames. The pyxis and the krater were new forms, but the

Diphros

(118 words)

Author(s): Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg)
[German version] Four-legged stool, generally with turned legs. A seat for gods and heroes (west frieze of the Siphnian treasury in Delphi; east frieze of the  Parthenon), as well as for common people in scenes from everyday life (geometric amphora Athens, NM Inv. no. 804: workshop scenes). They were made of simple wood or valuable ebony, the inventory lists of the Parthenon even record silver-footed diphroi. A special form is the folding stool (διφρος ὀκλαδίας; díphros okladías), whose legs end in claw-shaped feet.  Furniture;  Sella curulis Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg) Bibliogr…

Monopodium

(145 words)

Author(s): Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg)
[German version] (Greek trápeza monópous, Poll. 10,69). Round or rectangular tables with only one central support, whose foot could be carved into floral or mythical motifs. In Greece such tables had been used since the Archaic period but only became more common in Hellenistic times; in Rome, monopodia were very popular ever since their first introduction to the public, being carried along in the triumph of 187 BC (Liv. 39,6,7; Plin. HN. 34,14). Most of those that survive come from the towns around Vesuvius. Varro, (Ling. 5,125) mentions the cartibulum which stood in the compluvium

Sicilian vases

(267 words)

Author(s): Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg)
[German version] Just before the end of the 5th cent. BC, production of red-figured vases began in Himera and Syracuse in Sicily. In style, ornamentation, vase shape and themes they reveal considerable influence from Attic vase painting (Meidias Painter). In the second quarter of the 4th century BC a number of Sicilian vase painters emigrated, in order to lay the foundation on the Italian mainland of Camp…

Ceremonial dress

(491 words)

Author(s): Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg)
[German version] Wearing the ceremonial dress (CD) distinguished persons in society and identified them in their official roles. This holds true particularly for priestesses, state officials, but also for delegates (herald's staff) and others. In Greece, priests wore a white robe (Pl. Leg. 12,965a), the ungirded  chiton, which could also be red, or, less often, dyed with saffron or purple. Another characteristic was the  wreath ( stephanophóroi, ‘wearers of the wreath’, was thus the name of priests in e.g. Miletus); less commonly, priests displayed the attributes of the respective deity (priestesses in Athens and Pallene). Priests wore an especially conspicuous official dress consisting of red robes and an iron sword during sacrificial ceremonies for the fallen soldiers of Plataiai. The Arrhephoroi in Athena's service wore a white robe with special gold jewellery. It is unknown whether the seer's netlike robe was a theat…

Kanoun

(237 words)

Author(s): Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg)
[German version] (τὸ κανοῦν; tò kanoûn). Flat - sometimes quite small - basket woven from willow twigs, round or oval in shape, with three handles; a kanoun could sometimes also be made from bronze (e.g. Hom. Il. 630) or gold (Hom. Od. 10,355; Eur. IA 1565). Mentioned already by Homer (Hom. Il. 9,217; Hom. Od. 1,148) as a household item in which bread, onions (Hom. Il. 11, 630) etc. are placed on the table during meal times (wastebasket in Hom. Od. 20,300 ?). Also mentioned by Homer as a sacrificial implement for cult sa…

Lakaina

(116 words)

Author(s): Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg)
[German version] (λάκαινα; lákaina). A drinking vessel listed as a cup in Ath. 11,484f.; the technical term is used in archaeological research to describe a vessel with a goblet-like body and round-bellied lower part, with two horizontal handles. Produced predominantly in Sparta from the 8th cent. BC onwards, the L. became a model for Laconian vasepainting of the 7th cent. BC. The design was discontinued after the middle of the 6th cent. BC. Its decoration was usually ornamental, but black- glazed examples do occur. Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg) Bibliography C. M. Stibbe, Lakon. Vasenma…

Tribon

(99 words)

Author(s): Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg)
[German version] (τρίβων/ tríbōn, τριβώνιον/ tribṓnion). A coat ( himátion, cf. pallium ) of 'bristly' wollen material, worn by Cretans (Str. 10,4,20) and Spartans (Plut. Lycurgus 30; Plut. Agesilaus 30; Ael. VH 7,13); later also common in Athens (Thuc. 1,6,3). It was part of the clothing of simple people (Aristoph. Eccl. 850; Aristoph. Vesp. 1131), farmers (Aristoph. Ach. 184; 343) and lakōnizóntes ('imitators of Spartan customs', Dem. Or. 54,34). From the time of Socrates (Pl. Symp. 219b; Pl. Prt. 335d; Xen. Mem. 1,6,2) the tribon was also the typ…

Cosmetics

(562 words)

Author(s): Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg)
[German version] In Greek and Roman antiquity there was a huge demand for essences, oils and pomades. As part of their skin care men lotioned themselves to keep their skin soft and tender (Ath. 15,686). Lotioning extended from the head over the entire body and it was a widespread custom to apply lotion several times a day, with a different lotion being used for each part of the body (Ath. 12,553d). Without lotion one was considered dirty. According to tradition, animal fats and butter were the fir…

Kredemnon

(191 words)

Author(s): Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg)
[German version] (κρήδεμνον; krḗdemnon, Latin calautica, also κάλυμνα/ kálymna, καλύπτρη/ kalýptrē). In general the top covering, also of a wine or storage vessel (Hom. Od. 3,392) or of a circular wall (Hom. Il. 16,100), but subsequently mostly a woman's headscarf which covered the shoulders and could be used to conceal the face (Hom. Il. 14,184; 16,470; Hom. Od. 1,334). In the 5th cent. BC the word continued to be used only in poetry (e.g. Eur. Phoen. 1490); the usual expressions for veils and especially for bridal veils were kálymna and kalýptrē (cf. Aesch. Ag. 1178…

Petasos

(207 words)

Author(s): Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg)
[German version] (πέτασος; pétasos). Greek hat made of felt with a wide brim, also referred to as a 'Thessalian hat' because of its origin (Soph. OC 313); it was worn by women and men who spent a lot of time outdoors (fishermen, herdsmen/women, hunters) or who were travelling; amongst the most best-known mythological petasos wearers were Hermes, Peleus, Perseus, Oedipus and Theseus. Additional wearers are - more rarely - chariot riders (Athen. 5,200f.), horsemen (e.g. on the Parthenon freeze) and the Attic ephebes ( ephēbeía ). The petasos was firmly retained by a strap that was p…

Labrum

(398 words)

Author(s): Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg)
[German version] (from lavabrum, diminutive labellum, Greek λουτήριον/ loutḗrion and λεκάνη/ lekánē). The labrum, a large shallow basin with a raised, thickened rim and resting on a high pedestal, served various purposes. As materials used for the labrum, marble, porphyry, clay, stone and others are cited. In the Greek realm, the labrum is a washbasin where men and women cleansed themselves with water; on vases in …

Peuketische Vasen

(185 words)

Author(s): Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg)
[English version] Gattung indigener Keramik, benannt nach dem ant. Peuketia, der Landschaft des östlichen Apennin zw. Bari und Egnazia (Peucetii). Die P.V. setzen mit dem beginnenden 7. Jh.v.Chr. ein und tragen zunächst eine von geom. Mustern geprägte Dekoration (Swastika, Rauten, waagerechte und senkrechte Linien), die bes. in der spätgeom. Phase (vor 600 v.Chr.) ein enges ornamentales Raster bildet. Leitformen der P.V. sind Krater, Amphora, Kantharos und Stamnos; seltener sind …

Lacerna

(155 words)

Author(s): Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg)
[English version] Fransenbesetzter (schol. Pers. 1,54), offener Mantel, eine Sonderform des sagum , wahrscheinlich im 1. Jh.v.Chr. eingeführt (erstmalige Erwähnung Cic. Phil. 2,30,76); diente zunächst als Soldatenmantel, den in der Dichtung auch mythische Könige und Heroen tragen konnten (z.B. Ov. fast. 2,743-747; Prop. 4,3,18). Die L. wurde schon bald zu einem Gewand des Alltags und war im 1. Jh.n.Chr. beliebt. Anfangs aus grober Wolle, verwandte man auch leichte Stoffe, die purpurn oder…

Diphros

(100 words)

Author(s): Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg)
[English version] Hocker mit vier zumeist gedrechselten Beinen. Sitzmöbel der Götter und Heroen (Siphnierschatzhaus in Delphi, Westfries; Ostfries des Parthenon), ferner einfacher Menschen in Alltagsszenen (geom. Amphora Athen, NM Inv. Nr. 804: Werkstattszenen). Als Material dienten einfaches Holz oder wertvolles Ebenholz, in den Schatzlisten des Parthenon werden auch D. mit silbernen Füßen erwähnt. Eine Sonderform ist ein Klappstuhl (D. ὀκλαδίας), dessen Beine in Tierklauen enden. Möbel; Sella curulis Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg) Bibliography G.M.A. Richter, The Furni…

Löffel

(269 words)

Author(s): Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg)
[English version] L. fanden zunächst als Rühr- oder Koch-L. (griech. τορύνη/ torýnē, Aristoph. Equ. 984, vgl. Anth. Pal. 6,305; 306, lat. trua oder trulla) bei der Zubereitung von Speisen Verwendung. Zum Schöpfen von flüssigen Nahrungsmitteln oder Wein diente der κύαθος/ kýathos. Wenn der L. auch schon früh bekannt war, so fand er trotzdem beim Speisen wenig Verwendung, da man vornehmlich ausgehöhltes Brot (μυστίλη/ mystílē, μύστρον/ mýstron) zum Verzehr von Breien, Brühen oder Suppen u.ä. benutzte (Aristoph. Equ. 1168-1174). Der Römer unterschied Löffel mit ovaler Schale ( ligula) für Suppen, Mehlspeisen, Brei u.ä. von denen mit klei…

Recta

(97 words)

Author(s): Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg)
[English version] Der röm. Knabe trug beim erstmaligen Anlegen der toga virilis als Untergewand die ( tunica) recta, die bei Ritter- und Senatorensöhnen mit dem Rangabzeichen ( latus clavus) versehen war. R. oder regilla hieß die lange, weiße tunica mit engen oberen Ärmeln der röm. Braut, die sie am Vorabend der Hochzeit anzog, in der sie schlief und die sie am Hochzeitstag trug (Plin. nat. 8,194). Kleidung; Toga Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg) Bibliography Blümner, PrAlt., 336, 350 f.  C. M. Wilson, The Clothing of the Ancient Romans, 1938, 138-145  D. Balsdon, Die Frau in der röm. Ant.…

Beifall

(555 words)

Author(s): Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg)
[English version] (κρότος, ἐπικροτεῖν, plausus, plaudere). Impulsive und unvorbereitete Beifalls- und Mißfallensäußerung, die sich durch Worte, Lärmen, Gestik und Handlungen als Lob und Zustimmung, aber auch als Ablehnung, Verwünschung und Tadel kundtut; diese Eigenarten der B.-Kundgebung stehen in enger Verbindung zur acclamatio , so daß eine Trennung vielfach nur schwer zu ziehen i…
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