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Headword: *phxi/skous
Adler number: pi,1541
Translated headword: mini-cubits
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] timbers a cubit long.[1] "Once they had drawn away the rope, in which, by the insertion of some mini-cubits, they accomplished a safe ascent [...]."[2]
Greek Original:
*phxi/skous: cula/ria phxuai=a. tw=n de\ to\n sxoi=non e(lkusa/ntwn, e)n w(=| phxi/skous tina\s e)mbalo/ntes a)na/basin a)sfalh= a)peirga/santo.
[1] For the length of a cubit see under pi 1542 (and also pi 1543). Though the present headword -- in the accusative plural, presumably extracted from the quotation about to be given -- is a diminutive, it probably implies nothing literally shorter.
[2] Quotation (transmitted, in Adler's view, via the Excerpta Constantini Porphyrogeniti) unidentifiable, but apparently from a siege narrative.
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Translated by: David Whitehead on 20 October 2001@10:27:14.
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