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lamps  

Donald Michael Bailey and Michael Vickers

Were made of *gold, *silver, *iron, *lead, *bronze, and ceramic. Only the last two kinds survive in any quantity; the epigraphic record is concerned with metal lamps alone. Lamps were not only used ... More

land division, Greek  

Robin Osborne

Traces of regular division of settlement space have been found even in Dark-Age Zagora on *Andros. Some early Greek colonies (see colonization, greek), notably *Megara Hyblaea, show a degree of ... More

landscapes, ancient Greek  

Oliver Rackham

The wonderful beauty and diversity of Greece was seldom fully appreciated by ancient Greeks (to whom it was commonplace). Greece has a rich flora and fauna, with many species peculiar to ... More

lead  

Oliver Davies and David William John Gill

Is mined in part for the extraction of *silver from its ores. Some of the major sources in the Greek world were located at *Laurium in *Attica, on *Siphnos, and in *Macedonia. There were extensive ... More

Leochares, Athenian sculptor  

Andrew F. Stewart

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Dec 2015
Leochares, Athenian sculptor, active c. 370–320 bce; worked mainly in bronze, specializing in gods and portraits. Small bronze replicas of his *Zeus Brontaeus (‘Thundering Zeus’) survive, ... More

libraries  

P. J. Parsons

By the end of the 5th cent. bce, books were in general circulation, even if some regarded them as a fad of intellectuals like *Euripides (Ar. Ran. 943, cf. fr. 506 KA); Athens had booksellers (Eup. ... More

lighthouses  

Nicholas Purcell

Tall monuments which might function as navigational marks were an early feature of ancient harbour-architecture (Archaic examples are known on *Thasos). The idea became celebrated with the building ... More

lighting  

Frederick Norman Pryce and David William John Gill

The ancients knew two methods: the burning of oil in a lamp (see lamps) and the combustion of a solid substance. In Minoan (see minoan civilization) and in Classical times lamps were preferred for ... More

Lindus  

Ellen E. Rice

Lindus was the most important of the three independent Dorian cities of *Rhodes until the *synoecism with *Ialysus and *Camirus created the federal Rhodian state in 408/7 bce. The city occupies a ... More

linothorax  

Gregory S. Aldrete

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Apr 2017
Greek term for a type of body armour made of linen. Corselets made of linen and other textiles were employed by a wide variety of cultures across the Mediterranean basin, including the Greeks, ... More

Long Walls, the  

Thomas James Dunbabin, Charles William John Eliot, and Simon Hornblower

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Mar 2016
The Long Walls (τὰ μακρὰ τείχη or σκέλη, ‘legs’), were built between 461 and 456 bce to connect Athens with her ports, *Phaleron and *Piraeus. (Thuc. 1. 107. 1, 108. 3, remarkably his only references ... More

Lycosura  

James Roy

Lycosura, a small town with an important sanctuary in SW *Arcadia, situated in the hills west of the main Megalopolitan basin, belonged to the Parrhasians, but on the foundation of *Megalopolis was ... More

Lysippus (2) and Lysistratus, Sicyonian sculptors  

Andrew F. Stewart

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Dec 2015
*Sicyonian sculptors, active c.370–315 bce. The two, who were brothers, worked exclusively in bronze. Lysippus was by far the more prolific and famous, producing gods, heroes, agonistic victors, ... More

Lysippus, school of  

Andrew F. Stewart

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Dec 2015
According to *Pliny (1), HN 34. 66, Lysippus (2) left three sons and pupils, Laippus (probably Daippus, misreading the initial Δ as Λ), Boedas, and Euthycrates. Elsewhere, he adds *Chares (4) of ... More

marble  

Donald Emrys Strong and Hazel Dodge

Under μάρμαρος, marmor, the ancients included granites, porphyries, and all stones capable of taking a high polish. In the third millennium bce the white marbles of the Greek islands were used for ... More

Marmor Parium  

Marcus Niebuhr Tod and Ellen E. Rice

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Mar 2016
Marmor Parium, an inscribed marble stele, originally about 200 cm. high by 69 cm. wide (79×27 in.), set up at *Paros (hence its name; also known as the Parian Marble). Two fragments of this important ... More

masks  

Richard Seaford

Masks, as in many other pre-modern cultures, were used in Greece and Rome in cult and in dramatic representations. We have terracotta representations of grotesque masks worn in adolescent rites of ... More

masturbation  

Kelly L. Wrenhaven

In ancient Greece and Rome, masturbation was viewed with good-humored disdain. Although it was not apparently subject to the same kinds of scathing attacks that Greek comedy makes on male same-sex ... More

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the  

Andrew F. Stewart

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Mar 2016
One of the *Seven Wonders of the world, it was the tomb of the satrap *Mausolus of Caria (reigned 377–353 bce). Begun shortly after 367, when Mausolus refounded *Halicarnassus, it was ... More

meals  

Robert Sallares

Among the Greeks the times and names of meals varied at different periods. In early times (ἄριστον) was taken shortly after sunrise, followed by a main meal (δεῖπνον) at midday and supper (δόρπον) in ... More

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