Smith’s Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, while old (late 19c), and while nowhere near as good as Pauly-Wissowa or Daremberg & Saglio, is still a useful point of departure, with basic information and citations of classical literature, on a myriad of subjects; and although I’m nearing the end of it — or at least of the 80% of it that I want to put onsite, because the intricacies of ancient Greek polity and law just don’t appeal to me — there are still a few important articles not onsite. Soooo… today, Tela (the loom) is one more down the hatch, a few thousand words and some woodcuts; it’s of course about weaving in general, looms, shuttles, to some extent thread and cloth and carding.

A cat opens a door (Side).

A cat opens a door (Side).

The others, you ask? Castra (the Roman camp), Exercitus (the Roman army) — I’ve never been much on military stuff although I enjoyed my stint in the US Army — Janua (doors), Vitrum (glass); a few other smaller items I think; and then the largest article in the Dictionary, the mammoth 40,000-word Astronomia.


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