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Headword: *fruktoi/
Adler number: phi,759
Translated headword: beacons
Vetting Status: high
Particular lamps made from timbers, which people used to raise above the level of the walls and signal to their neighbours or their allies, when they see an enemy approaching, that it is necessary to ward them off. They used to do this with regard not only to enemies but friends also: when they saw help coming they would signal again, by means of the beacons, that there was no need for alarm. And when they were displaying [a message about] friends they used to raise the beacons and hold them still; but whenever [it was about] enemies, they would move them.
Greek Original:
*fruktoi/: lampa/des tine\s a)po\ cu/lwn gino/menai, a(/s tines basta/zontes a)/nwqen tw=n teixw=n e)sh/mainon toi=s plhsioxw/rois h)\ toi=s summa/xois, o(/tan tina\s e(w/rwn polemi/ous e)pio/ntas, w(s o(/ti dei= profula/casqai. ou) mo/non de\ e)pi\ polemi/wn tou=to e)poi/oun, a)lla\ kai\ e)pi\ fi/lwn, o(/tan e(w/rwn boh/qeian e)rxome/nhn, e)sh/mainon pa/lin dia\ tw=n fruktw=n, w(s ou) dei= qorubei=sqai. kai\ o(/te me\n fi/lous e)dh/loun, e)ba/stazon tou\s fruktou\s h)remou=ntes: o(/tan de\ polemi/ous, e)ki/noun.
From the scholia to Thucydides 2.94.1 (web address 1), where such beacons are mentioned.
cf. generally phi 755, phi 757, phi 758.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: botany; daily life; definition; historiography; military affairs; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 22 November 2001@08:33:09.
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