(στρόβιλος/stróbilos, also βέμβηξ/bémbēx, κῶνος/kônos, στρόμβος/strómbos, στρόφαλος/stróphalos, Latin rhombus, turbo). The top was a popular toy in Antiquity (Children's games); made of box wood (hence also called buxum in Latin) with cross grooves, it was set rotating with the fingers and then propelled with a whip (Verg. Aen. 7,373-383 in an epic simile; Callim. Epigr. 1,9; Tib. 1,5,3; Anth. Pal. 7,89). Original tops of clay, bronze, lead and other materials have been preserved as grave goods and votive gifts in sanctuaries (cf. Anth. Pal. 6,309) .
Cite this pageHurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg), “Top”, 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 16 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e622640>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510
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