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Roman strigiles with an ointment vessel, 1st century AD

The Strigilis , ( ancient Greek στλεγγίς stlengís , German ' stripe iron ' ; related to Latin stringere , "strike", and German " Striegel ") also called a scraper , was a scraping instrument and sports device that was used in antiquity , with which to exercise or visit the sweat bath oil, sweat and dust were scraped off the body. It consisted of a handle and a curved, concave front part made of bronze or iron. Usually, together with a sponge and ointment vessels such as alabastra or aryballoi, she formed sets that the athletes could use to oil themselves before doing sporting exercises and then to clean them.

Roman copy of the Apoxyomenos statue by Lysippus

In addition to numerous surviving specimens, the use of the Strigilis is also documented in many depictions of Greek vase painting and in the form of the so-called Apoxyomenos statues ("scrapers").


  • Ellen Kotera-Feyer: The Strigilis (= European University Writings , Series 38, Volume 43). Lang, Frankfurt am Main a. a. 1993, ISBN 3-631-46222-0 .
  • Ellen Kotera-Feyer: The Strigilis in the Attic red-figure vase painting. Pictorial formulas and their interpretation . In: Nikephoros 11, 1998, pp. 107-136.
  • Karl Ernst Georges : Comprehensive Latin-German concise dictionary . 8th, improved and increased edition. Hahnsche Buchhandlung, Hannover 1918 ( [accessed on January 9, 2020] dictionary entry “strigilis”).

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Wilhelm Pape , Max Sengebusch (arrangement): Concise dictionary of the Greek language . 3rd edition, 6th impression. Vieweg & Sohn, Braunschweig 1914 ( [accessed on January 9, 2020]).
  2. ^ Friedrich Kluge , Alfred Götze : Etymological dictionary of the German language . 20th edition. Edited by Walther Mitzka , De Gruyter, Berlin / New York 1967; Reprint (“21st unchanged edition”) ibid 1975, ISBN 3-11-005709-3 , p. 757 (in the Striegel article ).

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