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Headword: Ἀμβολὰς γῆ
Adler number: alpha,1532
Translated headword: thrown-up earth, raised earth
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning earth] which was raised up by a ditch.
Xenophon [writes]: "Cyrus used to make towers on the thrown-up earth, so that there might be as many guardposts as possible."[1]
Look under "bitten" [δακνόμενος ], because housebuilding and raising horses and making mounds seemed expensive to the Laconians.[2]
Greek Original:
Ἀμβολὰς γῆ: ἡ ὑπὸ τοῦ ὀρύγματος ὑψωθεῖσα. Ξενοφῶν: ὁ δὲ Κῦρος πύργους ἐποίει ἐπὶ τῆς ἀμβολάδος γῆς, ὅπως ὅτι πλεῖστα φυλακτήρια εἴη. ζήτει ἐν τῷ δακνόμενος, ὅτι τὸ οἰκοδομεῖν καὶ ἵππους τρέφειν καὶ ἀμβολὰς ποιεῖν ἐδόκει τοῖς Λάκωσι δαπανηρὰ εἶναι.
Likewise in ps.-Zonaras. The headword phrase, in the nominative, is presumably generated by genitive τῆς ἀμβολάδος γῆς in the quotation given.
[1] Xenophon, Cyropaedia 7.5.12 (web address 1). Pollux 7.100 registers this phrase in Xenophon.
[2] delta 22; and see also under iota 577 and omicroniota 66.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
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Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 30 July 2000@11:17:40.
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David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 19 September 2000@07:15:49.
David Whitehead (added keywords) on 17 July 2002@03:27:24.
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