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Headword: *)apeta/freuon
Adler number: alpha,3080
Translated headword: they fenced off with a ditch
Vetting Status: high
Menander [writes]: "for the Romans did not fence [camps] off with ditches earlier nor indeed did they have this sort of knowledge at all in their repetoire until Mauricius the son of Paulos began the war in the east. But then, when he held the generalship and it was leading him by a direct route to be emperor,[1] he initiated this sort of thing, which he had noticed that their idleness made necessary. For the matter had been one that the Romans did not want and it had sunk into oblivion. For labour [is] enemy to hesitation."
Greek Original:
*)apeta/freuon: *me/nandros: oi( *(rwmai=oi ga\r ou)k a)peta/freuon to\ pro/teron ou)/te mh\n e)n e)pisth/mh| pa/mpan to\ toio/nde ei)=xon pro/teron, h)\ *mauri/kion to\n *pau/lou h(gh/sasqai tou= e(w/|ou pole/mou. e)peidh\ de\, o(/te th\n strathgi/an ei)=xen, h(gemoneu/ousan au)tw=| th=s e)pi\ th\n basilei/an a)trapou=, to\ toio/nde r(a|qumi/a| parofqe\n e)s to\ de/on e)panh/gage. *(rwmai/ois ga\r mh\ boulome/nois h)=n to\ xrh=ma kai\ ei)s lh/qhn katw/lisqe. po/nos ga\r o)/knw| pole/mios.
Menander Protector fr. 23.3 Blockley.
[1] Mauricius (Maurice) was emperor 582-602; see mu 294.
Keywords: biography; chronology; ethics; historiography; history; military affairs; science and technology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 15 May 2001@14:14:31.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added keyword; cosmetics) on 16 May 2001@04:29:48.
David Whitehead (supplemented translation; added keyword; cosmetics) on 19 August 2002@03:52:06.
David Whitehead (updated ref) on 3 January 2012@04:53:50.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 28 March 2012@07:44:20.
David Whitehead on 7 August 2015@03:03:49.


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