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Headword: *)embriqesta/th
Adler number: epsilon,959
Translated headword: most substantial, very substantial
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] most/very weighty. "He took the city of Ortobriga, which had the reputation of being very substantial both in respect of its size and in respect of the number of its people".[1]
Greek Original:
*)embriqesta/th: sterrota/th. ei(=le de\ po/lin *)orto/briga, dokou=san kata\ to\ me/geqos kai\ kata\ to\ plh=qos tw=n a)nqrw/pwn e)mbriqesta/th ei)=nai.
The headword is presumably extracted from the quotation given.
cf. generally alpha 2096, epsilon 958, epsilon 960, epsilon 961, epsilon 962.
[1] Polybius fr. 134 Büttner-Wobst; see again (but apparently misquoted) under omicron 641. Although he doubts whether it is genuinely Polybian, Büttner-Wobst notes (532) that 'Ursinus' [Fulvio Orsini, 1529-1600] attributed this fragment to Polybius. Assuming Ursinus to be correct, however, Casaubon (ibid.) then associated the fragment with the Iberian campaigns of Marcus Claudius Marcellus (consul 166, 155, and 152 BCE; died c. 148) during the Second Celtiberian War (the "Fiery War", cf. Polybius 35.1 (web address 1); 153-151 BCE); cf. Harris 132, alpha 2196, kappa 2254, mu 811. Casaubon further suggested (ibid.) that the otherwise unattested city of 'Ortobriga' was actually Nertobriga (in northern Spain, present-day Calatorao, 50 km. southwest of modern Zaragoza, Barrington Atlas map 24 grid D4); cf. nu 253.
T. Büttner-Wobst, ed., Polybii Historiae, vol. IV, (Leipzig 1904)
W.V. Harris, "Roman Expansion in the West," in A.E. Astin, F.W. Walbank, M.W. Frederiksen, and R.M. Ogilvie, eds., The Cambridge Ancient History, vol. VIII, 2nd ed., Rome and the Mediterranean to 133 B.C. (Cambridge 1989) 107-162
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Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 8 June 2004@06:39:36.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (typo, status) on 8 June 2004@11:18:57.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 9 June 2004@03:03:26.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 16 August 2012@04:28:45.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.1, added bibliography, added cross-references, added link) on 29 August 2018@18:40:25.


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