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Headword: *kausi/a
Adler number: kappa,1139
Translated headword: kausia, cap
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] a kind of barbarian covering for the head.
"A kausia, the hitherto adaptable gear for Macedonians, both a shelter in snow and a helmet in war".[1]
Greek Original:
*kausi/a: ei)=dos pi/lou barbarikou= e)pi\ th=s kefalh=s. *kausi/h, h( to\ pa/roiqen *makhdo/sin eu)/kolon o(/plon kai\ ske/pas e)n nifetw=| kai\ ko/rus e)n pole/mw|.
A large and varied body of evidence testifies to the Macedonian origin of the kausia. A series of studies (1981-91) by B.M. Kingsley argued for its being a borrowing, by Alexander the Great, from India; but orthodoxy is fully and convincingly re-stated by E.A. Fredricksmeyer, "The kausia: Macedonian or Indian?", in I. Worthington (ed.), Ventures into Greek History (Oxford 1994) 135-158.
[1] Greek Anthology 6.335.1-2 (Antipater); cf. sigma 558.
Keywords: clothing; definition; geography; military affairs; poetry
Translated by: David Whitehead on 18 July 2001@04:35:12.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 6 June 2002@17:28:58.
David Whitehead (added keyword) on 7 June 2002@03:06:35.
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added italics; cosmetics) on 8 December 2003@14:11:17.
David Whitehead on 11 February 2013@08:36:56.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 14 July 2019@23:36:22.


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