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Headword: *neu=ra ma/xhs
Adler number: nu,266
Translated headword: sinews of battle
Vetting Status: high
[Descriptive of] wealth.[1]
The Pisidian [writes]: "[he] seeing especially, too, the 'sinews of the battle', the wealth flowing out to the barbarians".[2]
Greek Original:
*neu=ra ma/xhs: o( plou=tos. *pisi/dhs: ble/pwn ma/lista kai\ ta\ neu=ra th=s ma/xhs, to\n plou=ton e)kreu/santa pro\s tou\s barba/rous.
[1] The "sinews of" something was a classical metaphorical usage for the core or indispensible basis of something (LSJ s.v. neu=ron I.2: web address 1). For the specific notion of wealth or money as the 'sinews' of war or battle, see also mu 380 (citing Pindar); Plutarch, Agis and Cleomenes 48; Appian, Civil Wars 4.99, etc.
[2] George of Pisidia, Heraclias 1.163-4.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; economics; geography; imagery; medicine; military affairs; poetry
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 7 September 2009@07:54:44.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (tweaked tr., augmented note, added keywords, set status) on 9 September 2009@08:49:19.
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 13 September 2009@07:20:49.
David Whitehead on 7 June 2013@06:00:45.


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