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Headword: *ka/mac
Adler number: kappa,274
Translated headword: spear-shaft
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] a stake, an upright timber.[1]
It is said in the feminine.
"The Parthians twist their spear-shafts backwards and hang them around the necks of their horses."[2]
And elsewhere: "[she] receiving numberless long spear-shafts."[3]
"The barbarians cut in half the cord, by which the ship was held, with a hook-bearing spear-shaft."[4]
See also in the [entry for] xiliostu/s.[5]
Greek Original:
*ka/mac: xa/rac, o)rqo\n cu/lon. le/getai qhlukw=s. oi( de\ *pa/rqoi ste/fousin o)pi/sw tou\s i(/ppous peri\ toi=s au)tw=n au)xe/si ta\s ka/makas e(li/cantes. kai\ au)=qis: muri/a, kai\ dolixa\s decame/nh ka/makas. oi( de\ ba/rbaroi drepanhfo/rw| ka/maki to\ sxoini/on, w(=| ei)/xeto h( nau=s, diako/ptousi. zh/tei kai\ e)n tw=| xiliostu/s.
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica, and cf. also the scholia to Homer, Iliad 18.563 (where the dative plural of this noun occurs).
[2] Quotation unidentifiable but perhaps, Adler suggests, from Arrian's Parthika.
[3] Greek Anthology 6.125.4 (Mnasalces), the dedication of a shield; cf. Gow and Page (vol. I, 141) and (vol. II, 403).
[4] Quotation unidentifiable.
[5] chi 306.
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. I, (Cambridge 1965)
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. II, (Cambridge 1965)
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Translated by: Ryan Stone on 9 March 2008@20:46:46.
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David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 10 March 2008@04:55:41.
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