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Headword: *)epwti/des
Adler number: epsilon,2848
Translated headword: cat-heads, cheek-pieces, epotides
Vetting Status: high
Thucydides [writes]: "and they fastened the cat-heads to the prows, stout ones [...] about 60 cubits [in length], inside and out."[1]
Epotides are the timbers [sc. on a warship] projecting outwards from each side of the prow.[2]
Greek Original:
*)epwti/des: *qoukudi/dhs: kai\ ta\s e)pwti/das e)pe/qesan tai=s prw/rais paxei/as w(s e)pi\ c# ph/xeis, e)nto/s te kai\ e)/cwqen. *)epwti/des ei)si\ ta\ e(kate/rwqen prw/ras e)ce/xonta cu/la.
See also epsilon 2849.
L. Casson, Ships and Seamanship in the Ancient World (Baltimore 1995) 392 glosses the term as 'forward face of the outrigger' and discusses it (though not this passage of Thucydides) at 85-86.
[1] Thucydides 7.36.2, on the Syracusan warships in 413 (here numerically distorted, and hence absurd: not c' "sixty" but e(\c "six").
[2] From the scholia to Thucydides 7.34.5 (cf. 36.2).
Keywords: botany; definition; historiography; military affairs; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 1 August 2006@05:31:13.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 1 August 2006@16:43:00.
David Whitehead (another headword; augmented note) on 2 August 2006@03:28:40.
David Whitehead on 24 October 2012@07:28:06.


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