Roman Oscilla: An Assessment

@article{Taylor2005RomanOA,
  title={Roman Oscilla: An Assessment},
  author={Rabun M. Taylor},
  journal={RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics},
  year={2005},
  volume={48},
  pages={83 - 105}
}
  • Rabun M. Taylor
  • Published 1 September 2005
  • History
  • RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics
As it is used today, the term oscillum (oscilla in the plural) refers to two distinct but related things in the Roman world: in one case an artifact, in the other a historical construct. According to standard modern usage it was an object of marble worked in relief on both sides, probably painted, and suspended by a hook from the architrave or ceiling of a colonnaded portico.1 It tends to take one of three forms: tondo (a thin disk), pinax (a framed rectangle), or pelta (a broad, lunate shield… 
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