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Headword: *)/egesta
Adler number: epsilon,52
Translated headword: egesta, agesta
Vetting Status: high
A military device, erected out of stones and timbers and earth. "Those working on this make a screen of goat-hair cloths, which are called Cilician, having sufficient thickness and length, and they attached them to long pieces of wood [...]. For there neither burning arrows nor any other weapons could reach [the workmen], but they remained there in the screens."[1]
But some say that this device is called agesta with an a.[2]
Greek Original:
*)/egesta: polemiko\n mhxa/nhma, e)k li/qwn kai\ cu/lwn kai\ xou= e)geiro/menon. tou=to de\ oi( e)rgazo/menoi proka/lumma tiqe/asin e)c ai)gei/wn trixw=n, tw=n legome/nwn *kiliki/wn, a(\ dh\ pa/xous te kai\ mh/kous diarkw=s e)/xonta, a)narth/santes e)k cu/lwn makrw=n e)pi/prosqen e)ti/qento. e)ntau=qa ga\r ou)/te purfo/roi o)i+stoi\ ou)/te a)/lla be/lh e)ciknei=sqai ei)=xon, a)ll' au)tou= e)pi\ tw=n prokalumma/twn e)/menon. oi( de\ dia\ tou= a a)/gesta/ fasi to\ toiou=ton mhxa/nhma.
[1] An approximation and abridgment of Procopius, History of the Wars of Justinian 2.26.29-30; see further, next note. For Cilician goat-hair cf. kappa 1605, kappa 1607.
[2] In fact agesta is read in this passage of Procopius (in a phrase the Suda omits). The word is probably related to Latin agger.
The entry for agesta at alpha 203 was copied from here. See also akessa at alpha 840.
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Translated by: Catharine Roth on 14 August 2002@15:07:57.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note; cosmetics) on 15 August 2002@03:12:46.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 24 July 2012@04:34:37.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 3 December 2015@06:06:10.


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