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Headword: Κηρύκειον
Adler number: kappa,1544
Translated headword: herald's wand
Vetting Status: high
"It was a signal of friendship among the barbarians, to meet with those holding wreaths and branches, like the herald's wand among the Greeks"[1] --- making it clear through these things that they are guests, who want neither to commit nor suffer anything adverse.
Greek Original:
Κηρύκειον: σύνθημα φιλίας ἦν τοῖς βαρβάροις, συναντᾶν στεφάνους ἔχοντας καὶ θαλλούς, ὥσπερ τὸ κηρύκειον τοῖς Ἕλλησι, διασαφοῦντες, ὅτι πάρεισι διὰ ταῦτα βουλόμενοι μήτε ποιῆσαι μήτε παθεῖν τι δυσχερὲς μηδέν.
See also kappa 1545, kappa 1546.
[1] Slightly paraphrasing Polybius 3.52.4: natives of the Alps trying to trick Hannibal. In our accepted text ἔχοντες is in the nominative: the barbarians doing the meeting are also holding the peace tokens. See also at sigma 1590.
Keywords: botany; daily life; ethics; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 18 November 2008@01:40:45.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (keywords; cosmetics) on 18 November 2008@03:22:19.
David Whitehead on 22 February 2013@05:41:07.


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