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Headword: Pidakes
Adler number: pi,1553
Translated headword: fountains
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] drops [sc. of water], springs.[1]
"And the springs in it were all of salty water."[2]
Greek Original:
Pidakes: stagones, pêgai. kai hai men kat' auto pêgai halmurou hudatos êsan hai pasai.
cf. pi 1554, pi 1555.
[1] Same or similar glossing in other lexica; references at Photius pi870 Theodoridis. This nominative plural is presumably quoted from somewhere.
[2] This quotation (transmitted, in Adler's view, via the Excerpta Constantini Porphyrogeniti, and including not the present headword but the second of the glossing words) is unidentifiable in the precise form given here. It might, nevertheless, be a version (or summary) of what Strabo 5.1.8 says about the Timauon (Fons Timavi) in the N Adriatic near Aquileia: citing Polybius, he mentions its seven springs and adds 'all but one are of salty water'. (No such passage is printed in the standard texts of Polybius, but see F.W. Walbank, Commentary on Polybius III [Oxford 1979] 614-5.) Jonathan Toup (1713-1785) suggested replacing phgai\ in the quotation with pi/dakes, also ai( pa=sai with a(pa=sai.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; historiography; science and technology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 22 June 2012@01:23:28.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaking) on 22 June 2012@03:48:42.
Catharine Roth (expanded note) on 23 June 2012@12:20:40.
David Whitehead on 3 October 2013@06:42:50.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 10 July 2014@00:43:11.
David Whitehead (note tweak) on 10 July 2014@02:43:26.


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