Three years later, when archaeologists raised the statue, it was revealed to be a Classical Greek Apoxyomenos, an athlete--most likely an Olympic wrestler--in the process of removing oil and sand from his nude body with a small metal scraper called a strigil
Many of the objects came from Pompeii and Herculaneum and run the gamut from articles recognizable today, such as a razor, to discontinued objects, now unrecognizable, such as the strigil
, used to scrape oil, sweat, and dirt from the body after bathing or exercising.
Elytrotergal stridulatory organs present, with elytral strigil
(file-like structures) on the apical portion of the ventral sides of the elytra (Figs.
ACCIAC-CATURA and ALEMBIC, LATRODECTUS MACTANS and NEUTRAL DENSITY POINT, CHIAROSCURO and PROPRIOCEPTION and TESTUDO and ANNULATE and BRICOLAGE and CATALEPT and GERRYMANDER and SCOPOPHILIA and LAERTES--and all of a sudden it occurs to Gately the aforethought EXTRUDING, STRIGIL
and LEXICAL themselves--and LORDOSIS and IMPOST and SINISTRAL and MENISCUS and CHRONAXY and POOR YORICK and LUCULUS and CERISE MONTCLAIR and then DE SICA NEO-REAL CRANE DOLLY and CIRCUMAMBIENTFOUNDDRAMALEVIRAT- EMARRIAGE and then more lexical terms and words speeding up to chipmunkish and then HELIATED and then all the way up to a sound like a mosquito on speed, and Gately tries to clutch both his temples with one hand and scream, but nothing comes out.
35) A further interesting case is offered by Riddle 89 (strigilis aenea), which describes a bronze strigil
used for removing dirt and sweat from the skin in a bathhouse: "Robida, curua, capax, alienis humida guttis .
Early Greeks and Romans used a metal tool called a strigil
(STRI-jehl) to scrape dirt, oil, and sweat from their bodies.
while the other, to the right, holds a strigil
and an oil-flask to
SCRATCH MY BACK: A Roman bronze strigil
that sold for pounds 336 in Bonhams
The Greeks cleaned themselves, for example after wrestling naked, not with soap but with a curved metal scraper called a strigil
Penalty flags might fly for some misspellings: "Illiad" for Iliad and "stirgil" for strigil
, for example, but altogether the research is solid, with helpful bibliographies after each section.
68), the athlete is clothed, but holds a strigil
, as if to emphasize that he has just finished bathing.
Instead, they rubbed on perfumed olive oil and then scraped off the dirt and oil with a blade called a strigil