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Headword: *loga/dhn
Adler number: lambda,636
Translated headword: picked
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] select.[1]
Thucydides [writes]: "not having stone-working tools of iron but carrying stones picked, they fitted each one at random."[2]
Also [sc. attested is the phrase] 'picked stones'. "Created from picked stones, that is from cheap and small ones."[3]
Greek Original:
*loga/dhn: e)pile/ktws. *qoukudi/dhs: sidh/ria liqourgika\ ou)k e)/xontes, loga/dhn fe/rontes tou\s li/qous cuneti/qesan, w(s e(/kasto/n ti cumbai/noi. kai\ *loga/des li/qoi. e)k loga/dwn li/qwn e)ktisme/nos. toute/sti tw=n eu)telw=n kai\ mikrw=n.
[1] Likewise in other lexica: see the references at Photius lambda371 Theodoridis. Both headword and gloss are actually adverbs, but English equivalents are not easy to think of. In any case the headword in contexts like the ones quoted here (for a different one see Plutarch, Otho 6.4, of picked troops) implied not a choice of the best but resort to what could, faute de mieux, be picked up and put to use.
[2] Thucydides 4.4.2 (web address 1), on the construction of the fort at Pylos. See also 4.31.2, 6.66.2 (web addresses 2 and 3).
[3] Theophylact Simocatta, Histories 5.1.11.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2,
Web address 3
Keywords: architecture; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; history; military affairs; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 13 July 2001@08:10:02.
Vetted by:
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added links; added italics; cosmetics; set status) on 19 November 2003@16:18:31.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 1 July 2004@09:28:38.
David Whitehead on 21 April 2013@07:43:18.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 11 July 2015@15:01:41.


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