were certain masses of stone or metal which were used in the gymnastic
Halteres. (From an engraved gem.)
exercises of the Greeks and Romans. Persons who practised leaping
often performed their exercises with halteres in both hands; but they were
also frequently used merely to exercise the body in somewhat the same manner
as our dumb-bells (Crates, fr.
11 M.; μολυβδίδας χειροπληθεῖς,
27, p. 909 R.; graves massae,
; Senec. Ep.
56.1; Mart. 14.49
; Pollux, 3.155, 10.64).
) speaks of certain
statues of athletes who were represented with halteres. They appear to have
been made of various forms and sizes (μακροὶ
Philostr. de Gymn.
55). In the rage for female gymnastics,
even the heavier sort were used by women (Mart.
; Juv. l.c.
). The preceding woodcut is taken from Tassie,
&c. pl. 46, No. 7978. (Mercurialis,
de Arte Gymnastica,
Die Gymnastik und Agonistik der Hellenen,
vol. i, p. 395;