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Canăthron

κάναρθον or κάνναθρον). A Laconian car made of wood, with an arched plaited covering (hence the derivation probably from κάννα, “a reed”), in which the Spartan ladies used to go to Amyclae for the celebration of the Hyacinthia. We may compare the Roman pilentum (q. v.). (See Polycrates in Athenaeus, xv. 4, 139 f.) The nature of its adornments was at times fantastic. Eustath. on Il. xxiv. 190 is in error in stating that κάνναθρον and πείρινς are the same. The latter is a basket put into the chariot, and used for holding the necessaries for a journey, and also for a seat (Buchholz, Hom. Real. ii. 1, 228).

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