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Headword: *ge/rra
Adler number: gamma,178
Translated headword: screens
Vetting Status: high
Strictly speaking the screens are Persian artefacts;[1] loosely speaking "screen" was the word for any sort of covering, whether of hide or of some other material. Hence Demosthenes in the [speech] For Ktesiphon calls the coverings and hangings of the [market-]booths "screens" and says that they were burned.[2] He would likewise call the fences of the booths "screens".
Greek Original:
*ge/rra: *persika\ me/n e)stin o(/pla kuri/ws ta\ ge/rra: kataxrhstikw=s de\ kai\ a(/pan ske/pasma, ei)/te derma/tinon ei)/te a)/llhs tino\s u(/lhs, ge/rron e)le/geto. dio\ kai\ *dhmosqe/nhs ta\ tw=n skhnw=n skepa/smata kai\ parakalu/mmata e)n tw=| u(pe\r *kthsifw=ntos ge/rra kalw=n e)mpi/prasqai le/gei. le/goit' a)\n o(moi/ws ge/rra kai\ ta\ tw=n skhnw=n perifra/gmata.
Abridged and adapted from Harpokration s.v., who besides Herodotus and Demosthenes (below) cites [Demosthenes] 59.90.
See also gamma 177, gamma 205.
[1] See Herodotus 7.61.1.
[2] Demosthenes 18.169.
Keywords: daily life; definition; geography; historiography; history; rhetoric; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 13 October 2000@08:13:19.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added keyword) on 26 June 2002@01:07:23.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 26 June 2002@03:10:46.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 3 July 2011@04:39:28.
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