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Headword: Paragôgê
Adler number: pi,315
Translated headword: march in battle order, march-in-line
Vetting Status: high
It is called a 'march-in-line' whenever a phalanx marches and has its leaders [drawn] from the left or from the right.[1] And if it has its leaders from the left it is called a 'left march-in-line;' if from the right, 'right march-in-line.' But whether the march occurs in march-in-column[2] or in march-in-line, it will proceed in single-front [or double-front][3] or triple-front or quadruple-front deployment. [It will be] in single-front, whenever it is threatened from one direction; in double-front, whenever from two directions; in triple-front, whenever from three; in quadruple-front, whenever the enemy is suspected to attack from all directions.
Greek Original:
Paragôgê: paragôgê legetai, hotan hê phalanx poreuêtai ek tôn euônumôn tous hêgemonas echousa ê ek tôn dexiôn. kan men ek tôn euônumôn echêi tous hêgemonas, euônumos paragôgê legetai: ean de ek tôn dexiôn, dexia paragôgê. eite de hê poreia en epagôgêi ginetai eite en paragôgêi, en monopleurôi ê tripleurôi ê tetrapleurôi tagmati badiei. monopleurôi men, hotan monachothen phobêthêi: dipleurôi de, hotan dichothen: tripleurôi de, hotan trichothen: tetrapleurôi de, hotan pantachothen hoi polemioi epitithesthai huphorôntai.
'March in battle order' is LSJ's translation for this sense of the headword noun paragwgh/ (IV.2 there); 'march-in-line', more precise, was preferred by the Illinois Greek Club (translators of tactical texts for the Loeb Classical Library).
This material recurs in the Tactica appended to the Suda; and compare also e.g. Asclepiodotus 10.1 (brief mention) and 11.1.
[1] For this terminology cf. omicron 312.
[2] cf. under epsilon 1923.
[3] The words 'or double-front' have dropped out here (but not in the Tactica version).
Keywords: definition; military affairs; philosophy; rhetoric
Translated by: James Inman on 2 October 2013@15:41:56.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (notes; more keywords; tweaking) on 3 October 2013@04:15:30.
David Whitehead on 3 October 2013@04:17:06.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 3 October 2013@09:49:44.
William Hutton (tweaked note) on 3 October 2013@23:01:33.


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