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Headword: *mesai/tatos
Adler number: mu,649
Translated headword: middlemost
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] middle. Also [sc. attested in the neuter] mesaitaton, [meaning] tall.
Greek Original:
*mesai/tatos: o( me/sos. kai\ *mesai/taton, to\ u(yhlo/n.
These are both superlatives of the first glossing term me/sos "middle".
The extension from "middlemost" to "high" comes from using "middlemost" to refer to hills in the middle of a plain, as in Josephus, Jewish Wars 2.511 ("that mountain which lies in the very middle of Galilee": web address 1), or structures tall in the middle, as in Josephus, Jewish Antiquities 15.393 ("but the middlemost [stone of the Temple] was much higher": web address 2).
Both words are also used in the scholia to Homer, Odyssey 1.426, to gloss periske/ptw| "conspicuous".
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: architecture; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; geography; historiography
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 31 May 2009@23:47:57.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added links and keywords, set status) on 1 June 2009@01:50:38.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 1 June 2009@03:26:09.
David Whitehead on 16 May 2013@07:13:29.
Catharine Roth (tweaked links) on 11 August 2020@19:50:56.


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