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Headword: Rhôchmos
Adler number: rho,270
Translated headword: cleft, fissure, gully
Vetting Status: high
A crack of [= in] the earth.[1]
Procopius [writes]: "and the Abigas river goes down out of the Aurasius [sc. mountain] into the plain, in which there are many ditches into which the Abigas splits off and goes underground and then appears again above ground. Since this happens over the majority of the plain, the inhabitants there are able to stop up the fissures with dirt mounds or to uncover them again so as to use this river's waters however they want."[2]
Greek Original:
Rhôchmos: rhêgma gês. Prokopios: Abigas de ho potamos ek tou Aurasiou katiôn en tôi pediôi, en hôi aporrôges suchnai tunchanousin ousai, es has dê ho Abigas schizomenos hupo gên pheretai kai authis huper gên phainetai. touto epi pleiston tou pediou xumbainon, en exousiai tois tautêi ôikêmenois tithetai einai, epibusasi chômati tous rhôchmous ê authis autous apokalupsasi, tois hudasi tou potamou toude ho ti boulointo chrêsthai.
[1] (cf. rho 243.) Likewise in other lexica; references at Photius rho215 Theodoridis. The headword is quoted from Homer, Iliad 23.420.
[2] Procopius, History of the Wars of Justinian 4.19.11-13 (web address 1, here with some alterations and omissions), on how the Moors managed the river; cf. epsilon 2256 and Kaldellis (232). For the river see already alpha 43. For the Aurasius Mountains, see alpha 1021 note.
A. Kaldellis, ed. and H.B. Dewing, trans., Prokopios: The Wars of Justinian, (Indianapolis 2014)
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Keywords: definition; epic; geography; historiography; history; science and technology
Translated by: Abram Ring on 6 May 2009@15:56:44.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more x-refs; another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 7 May 2009@04:16:24.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; raised status) on 25 August 2011@10:12:52.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1; another keyword) on 30 October 2013@04:33:52.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.2; added bibliography, cross-reference, and link) on 10 February 2024@11:11:24.


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