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Wineskin
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(ἀσκός/askós; Lat. culleus, uter). For transporting solid (Thuc. 4,26) and liquid foods (Hom. Il. 3,247; Hom. Od. 5,265; 9,196), apart from barrels, people also used animal (ox, sheep, goat; in the Arab lands also camel, Hdt. 3,9) skins sewn together, a leg of the animal serving as inlet and outlet. Representations of wineskins are common in ancient art in transportation scenes; a wineskin-carrying silen is a fixed feature of the iconography of Dionysian scenes (Dionysus). In myths, wineskins play a limited role; but cf. in the Odyssey the wineskin containing Aeolus' […

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Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg), “Wineskin”, 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 03 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1103880>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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