Trapetum Roman Olive Press

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Mark Cartwright
by Heinz-Josef Lücking
published on 08 September 2016
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A Roman stone olive press known as a trapetum. From Pompeii. The device consisted of a large stone bowl (mortarium) into which the olives were poured and then crushed under two concave stones (orbes) attached to a central beam (cupa) fixed to an iron pivot (columella). This apparatus then slotted onto a central post (miliarium) set into the bowl which allowed the stones to be turned inside it.

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Lücking, H. (2016, September 08). Trapetum Roman Olive Press. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/5645/trapetum-roman-olive-press/

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Lücking, Heinz-Josef. "Trapetum Roman Olive Press." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 08 Sep 2016. Web. 23 Jun 2021.