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Headword: Dioptra
Adler number: delta,1195
Translated headword: dioptra
Vetting Status: high
A mechanical implement,[1] with which the geometers used to assess with precision the measure of battlements from a distance.
The Pisidian [writes]: "you will see these things in advance with your dioptra".[2]
Greek Original:
Dioptra: mêchanikon technourgêma, di' hou hoi geômetrai apêkriboun tên tôn epalxeôn ek diastêmatos anametrêsin. Pisidês: tauta pro pollou têi dioptrai sou blepeis.
Likewise in ps.-Zonaras.
[1] See already under delta 1192; LSJ entry at web address 1.
[2] George of Pisidia, Heraclias 3 fr.8.
M.J.T. Lewis, Surveying Instruments of Greece and Rome, Cambridge-New York, Cambridge University Press, 2001
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; mathematics; military affairs; poetry; science and technology
Translated by: Antonella Ippolito on 11 January 2005@14:50:29.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (adjustments to translation; modified n.2; another keyword; cosmetics) on 12 January 2005@03:44:11.
Catharine Roth (cosmetic) on 12 February 2005@01:31:40.
Catharine Roth (added keyword) on 1 October 2005@16:28:54.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 12 July 2012@08:26:19.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 16 November 2014@00:40:54.
David Whitehead on 16 November 2014@11:30:26.
Catharine Roth (tweaked reference) on 26 November 2014@23:37:26.
David Whitehead (another note) on 11 November 2015@06:42:19.


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