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  • n. Plural form of patera.


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  • In these cases the visitor will find a great number of bronze utensils and personal ornaments: metal mirrors; lamps; incense vessels, or thuribula; the saucers for pouring libations, called paterae; tripods of all kinds and variously ornamented; candelabra; and the clasps of the Romans called fibulae.

    How to See the British Museum in Four Visits

  • Then a young female child opened a small door within the wall, and I perceived, in the recess, shelves on which were placed many 'paterae' like that which the son held, save that they all had covers.

    The Coming Race

  • A patera plural paterae is "a saucerlike vessel of earthenware or metal, used by the Greeks and Romans in libations and sacrifices".

    Etruscan thapna: Check out those flat jugs

  • The only problem is that the objects that this word is written on are not cups, chalices or vases in the normal use of these words, but rather shallow cups or paterae, objects that are low on verticality.

    Etruscan thapna: Check out those flat jugs

  • In his house, accordingly, were many presents, such as had gratified the vanity of kings-purple togas, ivory chairs, golden paterae-chiefly valuable on account of the imperial hand which had honourably conferred them.

    Ben-Hur, a tale of the Christ

  • III. in his annals describes "the paterae with goats 'heads upon them and one with a lion's head, the productions of Zahi," or Palestine, which were brought to him as tribute.

    Patriarchal Palestine

  • Upon the altar of the household gods were placed vases of precious metal, paterae enamelled with flowers, double-handled cups, and all things needful for libations.

    King Candaules

  • The top of this cabinet was covered with busts, and Roman lamps and paterae, intermingled with one or two bronze figures.

    The Antiquary — Complete

  • _paterae_; but nothing is said of what was done with it, nor does Servius help.

    The Religious Experience of the Roman People From the Earliest Times to the Age of Augustus


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