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Headword: *dita/lanton
Adler number: delta,1271
Translated headword: two-talent, weighing two talents
Vetting Status: high
"Setting up a two-talent stone-projector they began to knock down some parts of the walls, and to shake up the rest."[1]
Greek Original:
*dita/lanton: katasth/santes dita/lanton petrobo/lon ta\ me\n kate/ballon tw=n teixw=n, ta\ de\ die/seion.
The headword adjective is presumably extracted from the quotation given. (For it in another context see under tau 33.)
[1] This quotation comes from no extant source (though Adler's marginal 'E' indicates her belief that it comes from the Excerpta Constantini Porphyrogeniti, claimed by C. de Boor as the source of all the Suda's historical extracts which do not originate from identifiable lexica or scholia).
Two-talent stones were unusually large ones: see generally Eric Marsden, Greek and Roman Artillery: historical development (Oxford 1969) 89-91 (one-talent and thirty-mina sizes the norm). Tracey Rihll, The Catapult: a history (Yardley PA, 2007) registers 'shot-weights' between 4 drachmas and 3 talents.
Keywords: dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; history; military affairs; science and technology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 26 February 2005@00:33:12.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented headword; modified translation, note, keywords) on 27 February 2005@04:29:09.
David Whitehead (augmented first part of note, restoring in the process some of CR's original) on 28 February 2005@03:07:50.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 15 July 2012@05:54:18.
David Whitehead (expanded note; cosmetics) on 17 May 2015@06:32:07.


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