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(ζύγαστρον/zýgastron, κιβωτός/kibōtós, κιβώτιον/ kibṓtion, λάρναχ/lárnax, χηλός/chēlós; Latin arca, cista). Chests made of wood, bronze or other materials were used in the household for storing and transporting clothes, household goods, book rolls ( scrinium), equipment, provisions, etc. Chests could be simple and undecorated, or decorated with ornamental or figurative reliefs on their sides ( Praenestine cistae). Wooden chests often had metal fittings, which were also decorated, for reinforcing edges and corne…

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Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg), “Chests”, 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 04 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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