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Mattress
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(τύλη/týlē; Latin culcita, torus). Mattresses were laid on the Greek and Roman kline (lying on the supporting straps of the kline, Petron. Sat. 97,4) or were spread out directly on the floor (Ath. 15,675a; Alci. 4,13,14; χαμεύνη/chameúnē: Theoc. 7,133; 13, 33). Mattresses were filled with wool, straw, reeds, sea grass, hay, hair, feathers; the feathers of Germanic geese being especially valued (Plin. HN 10,54, compare Ov. Met. 8,655 on rushes). There also was the κνέφαλλον/knéphallon (Poll. 10,42) and the τυλεῖον/tyleíon, the fine underbed made of wool cut a…

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Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg), “Mattress”, 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 06 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e726670>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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