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Headword: *kardiofu/lac
Adler number: kappa,369
Translated headword: heart-protector, heart-guard
Vetting Status: high
Amongst Romans [this is] a bronze plate, a span square,[1] which they used to place in front of their breasts. But others,[2] instead of this, used to put coats of chain-mail round their chests.
Greek Original:
*kardiofu/lac: para\ *(rwmai/ois xa/lkwma spiqamiai=on pa/nth pa/ntws, o(\ proseti/qento pro\ tw=n ste/rnwn. oi( de\ a)nti\ tou/tou a(lusidwtou\s xitw=nas perieti/qento peri\ tou\s qw/rakas.
An approximation of Polybius 6.23.14-15.
[1] Approx. 9 by 9 inches.
[2] Polybius specifies "those rated above ten thousand drachmas", i.e. members of the first (Servian) property class. The heart-protector (in Latin, pectorale) has already been characterized as worn by common soldiers; the lorica is for the rich.
Keywords: clothing; definition; historiography; military affairs; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 28 August 2001@03:22:51.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 25 August 2003@00:01:03.
David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 26 August 2003@03:17:25.
David Whitehead on 27 January 2013@08:48:22.


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