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Cane, club, stick
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These objects (βάκτρον/báktron, κηρύκειον/kerýkeion, ῥάβδος/rhábdos, σκῆπτρον/skêptron; Lat. baculum, caduceus, lituus [1], rudis , stimulus) could be straight, with a curvature at the top end, knotty, angled or smooth and could vary in thickness and length. They were carved from hard wood (e.g. olive or myrtle) and might be left plain or decorated with gold embellishments (Ath. 12,543 f.) or reinforced with iron (Theoc. Epigr. 17,31). They were used by old people (old men, teachers) and the …

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Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg), “Cane, club, stick”, 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 17 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1120420>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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