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Headword: Ῥωχμός
Adler number: rho,270
Translated headword: cleft, fissure, gully
Vetting Status: high
A crack of [= in] the earth.[1]
Procopius [writes]: "and the Abigas river goes down out of the Aurasius [sc. mountain] into the plain, in which there are many ditches into which the Abigas splits off and goes underground and then appears again above ground. Since this happens over the majority of the plain, the inhabitants there are able to stop up the fissures with dirt mounds or to uncover them again so as to use this river's waters however they want."[2]
Greek Original:
Ῥωχμός: ῥῆγμα γῆς. Προκόπιος: Ἀβίγας δὲ ὁ ποταμὸς ἐκ τοῦ Αὐρασίου κατιὼν ἐν τῷ πεδίῳ, ἐν ᾧ ἀπορρῶγες συχναὶ τυγχάνουσιν οὖσαι, ἐς ἃς δὴ ὁ Ἀβίγας σχιζόμενος ὑπὸ γῆν φέρεται καὶ αὖθις ὑπὲρ γῆν φαίνεται. τοῦτο ἐπὶ πλεῖστον τοῦ πεδίου ξυμβαῖνον, ἐν ἐξουσίᾳ τοῖς ταύτῃ ᾠκημένοις τίθεται εἶναι, ἐπιβύσασι χώματι τοὺς ῥωχμοὺς ἢ αὖθις αὐτοὺς ἀποκαλύψασι, τοῖς ὕδασι τοῦ ποταμοῦ τοῦδε ὅ τι βούλοιντο χρῆσθαι.
[1] (cf. rho 243.) Likewise in other lexica; references at Photius rho215 Theodoridis. The headword is quoted from Homer, Iliad 23.420.
[2] Procopius, History of the Wars of Justinian 4.19.11-13 (here with some alterations and omissions); cf. epsilon 2256. For the river see already alpha 43.
Keywords: definition; epic; geography; historiography; history; science and technology
Translated by: Abram Ring on 6 May 2009@15:56:44.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more x-refs; another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 7 May 2009@04:16:24.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; raised status) on 25 August 2011@10:12:52.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1; another keyword) on 30 October 2013@04:33:52.


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