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Headword: Δαμόκριτος
Adler number: delta,49
Translated headword: Damokritos, Damocritus
Vetting Status: high
Historian. [He wrote] Tactics in 2 books, [and] On the Jews; in which [latter] he says that they used to bow down to the golden head of an ass, and every seven years hunted a stranger and attacked him and tore his flesh into thin strips and thus killed him.[1]
Greek Original:
Δαμόκριτος, ἱστορικός. Τακτικὰ ἐν βιβλίοις β#, Περὶ Ἰουδαίων: ἐν ᾧ φησιν, ὅτι χρυσῆν ὄνου κεφαλὴν προσεκύνουν καὶ κατὰ ἑπταετίαν ξένον ἀγρεύοντες προσέφερον καὶ κατὰ λεπτὰ τὰς σάρκας διέξαινον καὶ οὕτως ἀνῄρουν.
?C1 BC-AD; FGrH 730 (this fragment only, and no testimonia).
[1] Again at iota 429, where 'seven' years has become three.
Keywords: art history; biography; ethics; geography; historiography; military affairs; religion; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 19 July 2002@23:55:34.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keywords) on 4 September 2002@04:48:31.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 23 April 2004@10:33:36.
David Whitehead on 11 December 2011@07:47:20.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 14 June 2012@06:12:41.
David Whitehead on 5 October 2015@10:59:08.


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