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p707 Ligo

Article by Leonhard Schmitz, Ph.D., F.R.S.E., Rector of the High School of Edinburgh
on p707 of

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

LIGO (δίκελλα or μάκελλα) was a hatchet formed either of one broad iron or of two curved iron prongs, which was used by the ancient husbandmen to clear the fields from weeds (Ovid, ex Pont. I.8.59; Mart. IV.64; Stat. Theb. III.589; Colum. X.89). The ligo seems also to have been used in digging the soil and breaking the clods (Hor. Carm. III.6.38, Epist. I.14.27; Ovid, Amor. III.10.31; compare Dickson, On the Husbandry of the Ancients, I p415).


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