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Headword: Plinthos
Adler number: pi,1777
Translated headword: brick
Vetting Status: high
Agis the son of Pausanias, during an invasion of Mantineian territory once, besieged them and, having turned the flow of the river against the wall, weakened it; for it was of unbaked brick, which is more secure against siege-engines than baked brick and stones. For those break and jump out of their fittings, whereas unbaked brick is not affected in the same way. It is, though, destroyed by water, no less than beeswax [is] by the sun.
Greek Original:
Plinthos: hoti Agis ho Pausaniou embalôn pote es tên Mantineikên autous men katekleise, ton de pararreonta potamon es to teichos paratrepsas parelusen: ên gar ex ômês plinthou, hêtis pros men tas helepoleis asphalestera esti tês optês kai tôn lithôn. hoi men gar katagnuntai kai ekpêdôsi tôn harmoniôn: hê de ômê plinthos ouch homoiôs ponei. dialuetai de hupo hudatos ouch hêsson ê hupo hêliou kêros.
Pausanias 8.8.7-8, quoted from alpha 239: see the notes there.
Keywords: biography; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 23 October 2001@06:31:13.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (augmented note, set status) on 22 July 2004@16:06:17.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 25 March 2008@07:42:29.


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