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“An Anchor. The anchor used by the ancients was for the most part made of iron, and its form resembled that of the modern anchor. The shape of the two extremities illustrates the unco morsu and dente tenaci of Virgil. Indeed, the Greek and Latin names themselves express the essential property of the anchor being allied to angelus and uncus. The anchor as here represented and as commonly used, was called bidens, because it had two teeth or flukes. Sometimes it had one only, and then it had the epithet.” — Smith, 1873


anchor, Ancora




William Smith, A School Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1873) 23


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