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Headword: *barei=a xei/r
Adler number: beta,113
Translated headword: weighty hand; weighty band
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] a powerful [one]. "A sufficient number gathered, both a weighty band and unexpected."[1]
Greek Original:
*barei=a xei/r: h( dunath/. sune/sth de\ plh=qos i(kano\n, kai\ barei=a xei\r kai\ para/docos.
A problematic entry. Photius, Lexicon beta68, has the headword in (seemingly) the 'weighty hand' sense, adding that Hipponax fr. 138a uses this phrase for the right (sc. hand). Previously, Hesychius beta226 had glossed the headword phrase as 'the murderous (sc. hand)'. Here in the Suda the gloss would fit a 'hand' sense, but the quotation appended -- from which the headword phrase may or may not be extracted -- seems to require an understanding of xei/r as 'band' of troops; cf. LSJ s.v., V.
[1] Quotation unidentifiable.
Keywords: comedy; definition; ethics; imagery; military affairs; poetry
Translated by: William Hutton on 31 August 2002@17:19:20.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note; cosmetics) on 2 October 2002@06:50:22.
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords; tweaking) on 21 May 2012@07:23:53.
David Whitehead (coding and other cosmetics) on 16 September 2015@10:27:51.


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