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An instrument used in ancient Greece and Rome for scraping the skin after a bath.

[Latin strigilis; see streig- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Archaeology) a curved blade used by the ancient Romans and Greeks to scrape the body after bathing
2. (Architecture) architect a decorative fluting, esp one in the shape of the letter S as used in Roman architecture
[C16: from Latin strigilis, from stringere to graze]


(ˈstrɪdʒ əl)

an implement with a curved blade used by the ancient Greeks and Romans to scrape oil, sweat, and dirt from the skin after exercise.
[1575–85; < Latin strigilis, akin to stringere to touch, shave, skim; see stringent]
strig′il•ate (-ə lɪt, -ˌleɪt) adj.
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Tophet stelae have a very different formula, specifying that something has been given, dedicated, done, vowed or offered, usually to the god Baal Hamon (sometimes with the goddess Tank): for instance, lrbt ltnt pn b'l wl' dn/lb'l hmn 's ndr' rs bn / bd'strt bn b'lslm p'l / hmgrdm ksm'ql' (CIS I 1881-1962: 338: "To Lady Tanit, face of Baal, and Lord Baal Hamon, (that) which offered Arish, son of Bodashtart, son of Baalshillem, maker of strigils, because he heard his voice").
Strigils were S-shaped bronze body scrapers used by athletes in the classical period.
26) Here, the strigils would have been painted in ochre, while the lions' bodies were auburn; their mouths and eyes picked out in red and the manes' gilded.
24) Strigil sarcophagi, decorated with lions, represent a special group of fluted coffins: Sichtermann and Koch, pp.
In the bathhouse, they used back scratchers or strigils to reach awkward areas.
These strigils were made in bronze and when a typical example appeared in Bonhams it made pounds 336, which suggests they are quite common.