Tainia
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(Greek ταινία/tainía). Term for bindings of all kinds.

[German version]

[1] Headband for festivals

(Head)band, worn at Greek festivals (Pl. Symp. 212d.e, 213d; Xen. Symp. 5,9). Even gods wore, or bound their heads with, tainiai. (Paus. 1,8,4). Furthermore, cult images (Paus. 8,31,8; 10,35,10), trees (Theocr. 18,44), monuments [3], urns, sacrificial animals and deceased (Lucian, Dial. mort. 13,4) had tainiai wound round them. The Romans adopted tainiai from the Greeks (e.…

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Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg) and Höcker, Christoph (Kissing), “Tainia”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider. Consulted online on 26 July 2016 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1128490>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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