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BATILLUM (batillum or vatillum, Hor. Sat. 1.5, 36), a shovel with a short handle, made of iron (Plin. Nat. 33.127, 34.112), used for various purposes, such as collecting

Batillum, bronze shovel found at Torre dell' Annunziata near Pompeii. (British Museum.)

dung (Varr. R. R. 3.6.3), and also as a fire-shovel, or cafing-dish, sometimes used to burn perfumes or incense. (Hor. l.c.; Treb. Poll. Claud. 14; Salmas. and Casaub. ad loc.; Apic. 7.9.)


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