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Headword: *)epi/neion
Adler number: epsilon,2489
Translated headword: sea-port
Vetting Status: high
[sc. So called] from the fact that merchant ships are launched in it[1] and beached. Alternatively, a small town by the sea, where the cities have their dockyards; just as Peiraieus [is] that of the Athenians and Nisaia that of the Megarid. It is possible for the word to be used of every port and coastal [town] which now most people call a kata/bolos ["naval station"].
Greek Original:
*)epi/neion: para\ to\ e)n au)tw=| nh/xesqai ta\s o(lka/das kai\ o)ke/llein. h)\ po/lisma paraqala/ssion, e)/nqa ta\ new/ria tw=n po/lew/n ei)sin: w(/sper *peiraieu\s tw=n *)aqhnai/wn kai\ *ni/saia th=s *megari/dos. du/natai de\ e)pi\ panto\s e)mpori/ou kai\ paraqalassi/ou xrh/sasqai tw=| o)no/mati tou/tw|, o(\ nu=n oi( polloi\ kata/bolon kalou=sin.
See also the preceding entry, epsilon 2488. The present one draws on material in the scholia to Thucydides 1.30.2 and, first, 2.84.5.
[1] The suggested connection works only in Greek (the noun e)pi/neion and the infinitive nh/xesqai), and not very convincingly even there.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; geography; historiography
Translated by: David Whitehead on 14 November 2000@08:12:06.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 3 July 2003@19:40:13.
David Whitehead (augmented note; added keyword; cosmetics) on 4 July 2003@03:44:11.
David Whitehead on 16 October 2012@09:35:49.


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