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Headword: *)akrosto/lia
Adler number: alpha,1017
Translated headword: stern-posts
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] the topmost parts of the ship.[1]
"Bringing round and bending the front parts of the raft gently towards the ground into the shape of a prow, as if [they were] imitating stern-posts and beaks".[2]
And Arrian [writes]: "and the golden stern-posts of the imperial ship".[3]
Greek Original:
*)akrosto/lia: ta\ a)/kra th=s nho/s. ta\ de\ e)mpro/sqia th=s sxedi/as h)re/ma pro\s to\ mete/wron e)s prw/ras tu/pon periagago/ntes kai\ u(poka/myantes, w(/sper a)krosto/lia nho\s kai\ proe/mbola e)kmimhsa/menoi. kai\ *)arriano/s: ta/ te a)krosto/lia th=s basili/dos nho\s xrusa=.
Notes:
[1] See already alpha 953.
[2] Agathias, Histories 5.21; again, more briefly, at pi 2385.
[3] Part of Arrian FGrH 156 F154 (from the Parthica); cf. nu 69.
Reference:
Lionel Casson, Ships and Seamanship in the Ancient World (Baltimore & London 1971) 86 with n.49
Keywords: definition; historiography; history; military affairs; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 15 March 2000@07:30:20.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added notes, bibliography, and keywords; cosmetics) on 26 January 2001@07:17:04.
David Whitehead on 26 January 2001@07:22:05.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 5 June 2002@08:32:36.
David Whitehead (modified tr; other cosmetics) on 10 August 2009@05:40:32.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 1 February 2012@07:26:21.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 24 April 2012@23:31:47.
David Whitehead on 27 May 2013@03:26:44.
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