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Headword: *dwdekadw/rw|
Adler number: delta,1439
Translated headword: twelve hand's-breadths in length
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] being of twelve palms [in breadth].[1] For the palm [is] a hand's-breadth.[2]
In the Epigrams: "having drawn back the [bullock's] neck they sacrificed it to Cyllenius[3] and with a long nail they fixed its horns, twelve hand's-breadths in length, to a plane-tree."[4]
Greek Original:
*dwdekadw/rw|: dw/deka palaistw=n o)/nti. dw=ron ga\r h( palaisth/. e)n *)epigra/mmasi: *kullhni/wn au)eru/santes e)/rrecan kai\ oi( dwdeka/dwra ke/ra a)/llw| makrote/nonti poti\ plata/niston e)pa/cai.
[1] The headword is dative singular of the rare adjective dwdeka/dwros. Such a dative is otherwise attested only in the scholia to Hesiod, Works and Days 426, where dekadw/rw| occurs and the ancient commentator protested that the proper proportions of waggon-manufacture exposed this as an error for dwdekadw/rw|.
[2] cf. delta 1472, epsilon 406.
[3] Pan (the son of Hermes - to whom the epithet is more usually applied: cf. kappa 2660)
[4] Greek Anthology 6.96.3-5, the mss of which provide the following readings, translated here: *kullhni/w|, a(llw (marked with a query; the emendation of Salmasius [Claude de Saumaise, 1588-1653], a(/lw|, is translated), e)/pacan.
Keywords: botany; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; mythology; poetry; religion; science and technology; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: Nicholas Wilshere on 8 January 2005@06:22:00.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 9 January 2005@04:43:35.
Catharine Roth (coded titles) on 24 August 2010@00:50:55.
David Whitehead (augmented n.1) on 10 March 2011@07:18:30.
David Whitehead on 17 July 2012@04:40:07.
Catharine Roth (deleted link) on 24 August 2013@15:22:24.
David Whitehead (tweaked and expanded n.4, at the prompting of Ronald Allen) on 25 November 2014@03:09:54.
David Whitehead on 15 November 2015@05:18:58.


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