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Headword: Πλίνθος
Adler number: pi,1777
Translated headword: brick
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Agis the son of Pausanias, during an invasion of Mantineian territory once, besieged them and, having turned the flow of the river against the wall, weakened it; for it was of unbaked brick, which is more secure against siege-engines than baked brick and stones. For those break and jump out of their fittings, whereas unbaked brick is not affected in the same way. It is, though, destroyed by water, no less than beeswax [is] by the sun.
Greek Original:
Πλίνθος: ὅτι Ἄγις ὁ Παυσανίου ἐμβαλών ποτε ἐς τὴν Μαντινεικὴν αὐτοὺς μὲν κατέκλεισε, τὸν δὲ παραρρέοντα ποταμὸν ἐς τὸ τεῖχος παρατρέψας παρέλυσεν: ἦν γὰρ ἐξ ὠμῆς πλίνθου, ἥτις πρὸς μὲν τὰς ἑλεπόλεις ἀσφαλεστέρα ἐστὶ τῆς ὀπτῆς καὶ τῶν λίθων. οἱ μὲν γὰρ κατάγνυνται καὶ ἐκπηδῶσι τῶν ἁρμονιῶν: ἡ δὲ ὠμὴ πλίνθος οὐχ ὁμοίως πονεῖ. διαλύεται δὲ ὑπὸ ὕδατος οὐχ ἧσσον ἢ ὑπὸ ἡλίου κηρός.
Note:
Pausanias 8.8.7-8, quoted from alpha 239: see the notes there.
Keywords: biography; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 23 October 2001@06:31:13.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (augmented note, set status) on 22 July 2004@16:06:17.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 25 March 2008@07:42:29.

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