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Acerra
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[German version]

Incense container,  pyxís (πυξίς, κυλιχνίς, λιβανωτίς; kylichnís, libanōtís). A small box, round on Greek monuments (cf. side panel of the Ludovisi throne [1. fig. 118]) and often rectangular and richly decorated on Roman ones (e.g. on the  Ara Pacis), which served to make the incense available during a sacrificial ceremony; it was regarded as part of the ceremony's essential utensils (Suet. Tib. 44; Galba 8; Plin. HN 35,70).

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Bibliography

1 R. Lullies, Gr. Plastik, 1979.

F. Fless, Opferdiener und Kultmusiker auf stadtröm.…

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Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg), “Acerra”, 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 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e101660>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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