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Headword: *ko/ttas
Adler number: kappa,2155
Translated headword: Cotta
Vetting Status: high
A proper name.
[The man] who used the weapon called the tragula; with it he struck so hard a blow that it pierced the man it hit through both the breastplate and the ribs and impaled him to the ground.
Greek Original:
*ko/ttas: o)/noma ku/rion. o(\s e)xrh/sato tw=| o(/plw|, o(\ trago/las e)le/geto: meq' ou(= ou(/tw bi/aion a)fh=ke plhgh/n, w(/ste to\n blhqe/nta dia/ te tou= qw/rakos kai\ dia\ tw=n pleurw=n diapei=rai kai\ th=| gh=| proshlw=sai.
The subsidiary material here is quoted from tau 896, q.v.
Cotta is one of the surnames (cognomina) in the Roman Aurelii family; notably that of three brothers -- Gaius, Lucius, and Marcus -- all active in the first half of the first century BCE; see OCD(4) p.212. If the present passage concerns one of these, the likeliest is perhaps Marcus (cos. 74), whose campaigning in Bithynia is the subject of Memnon [Author, Myth] FGrH 434 FF37-59. (The tragula was presumably the enemy's weapon, making its use on this occasion by a Roman all the more noteworthy.)
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Translated by: David Whitehead on 25 November 2002@04:35:54.
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Catharine Roth on 26 November 2002@21:55:09.
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