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p239 Capulus

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William Smith, D.C.L., LL.D.:
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, John Murray, London, 1875.

CA′PULUS (κώρη, λάβη) 1. The hilt of a sword, which was frequently much ornamented. [Gladius.] The handles of knives were also much ornamented; and of the beautiful workmanship sometimes bestowed on them, a judgment may be formed from the three specimens here introduced (Montfaucon, Ant. Expliquée, III.122, pl. 61).

[image ALT: An engraving of three elongated things, rising from short cylindrical bases, that look like finials. From left to right, the head of an old man with horns — a Satyr; the head of a woman wearing a boar's snout and tusks, pointing upwards, like a hat or helmet; the head of a goat. They are samples of handles (capuli) of ancient Roman swords, daggers, or knives.]

2. A bier or coffin. [Funus]

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