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Headword: *kanqh/lios
Adler number: kappa,313
Translated headword: pack-ass
Vetting Status: high
[sc. Someone] slow to understand, or dull.[1] Or a large ass/donkey.[2]
Xenophon says: "in Babylon the date-palms are not less than a plethron in size: indeed, when they are under great pressure, they bend upwards, just like pack-asses."[3]
And Polybius [writes]: "he ordered the infantry to take the panniers with the baggage tied upon them from the rear, and place them in front of themselves. This being done, it created a protection safer than all stockades."[4]
Greek Original:
*kanqh/lios: bradu\s noh=sai, h)\ a)fuh/s. h)\ o)/nos me/gas. *cenofw=n le/gei: o(/ti e)n *babulw=ni oi( foi/nikes ou) mei=on h)\ pleqriai=oi to\ me/geqos gi/nontai: oi(\ dh\ piezo/menoi u(po\ ba/rous a)/nw kurtou=ntai, w(/sper o)/noi kanqh/lioi. kai\ *polu/bios: e)n ga\r toi=s e)pidedeme/nois forti/ois ta\ kanqh/lia labo/ntas e)k tw=n o)/pisqen proqe/sqai pro\ au)tw=n e)ke/leuse tou\s pezou/s. ou(= genome/nou, sune/bh para\ pa/ntas xa/rakas a)sfale/staton gene/sqai to\ pro/blhma.
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica; see also the scholia to Plato, Symposium 221E; and cf. omicron 409. See generally Tosi (cited under alpha 378) no.1863.
[2] cf. the scholia to Aristophanes, Wasps 170.
[3] An approximation of Xenophon, Cyropaedia 7.5.11 (web address 1); cf. pi 1720.
[4] Polybius 8.38.1 (web address 2).
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
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Translated by: Ryan Stone on 14 March 2008@11:49:46.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 14 March 2008@12:08:05.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1; more keywords) on 17 August 2012@05:58:49.
David Whitehead on 27 January 2013@04:19:07.
Catharine Roth (typo) on 11 July 2015@14:43:41.
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