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“A virgin who carried a flat circular basket at sacrifices, in which the chaplet of flowers, the knife to slay the victim, and sometimes the frankincense were deposited. The name, however, was more particularly applied to two virgins of the first Athenian families whowere appointed to officiate as canephori at the Panathenaea. The preceding cut represents the to canephori approaching a candelabrum. Each of hem elevates one arm to support the basket while she slightly raises her tunic with the other.” — Smith, 1873;




William Smith, A School Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1873) 64


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