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Funālis

A taper, used in the same manner as a torch (see Fax), but made of papyrus and other fibrous plants, twisted like a rope and smeared with pitch and wax. It was, indeed, as Antipater describes it, “a light coated with wax” (Anth. Pal. vi. 249). At the Saturnalia, funales were presented by clients to their patrons, and were lighted in honour of Saturn, sometimes on other occasions (De Off. iii. 20). The neuter, funale, denotes a sort of chandelier for holding torches (Ovid, Met. xii. 247).

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