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Headword: *metai/xmion
Adler number: mu,752
Translated headword: no man's land
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning the terrain] between two phalanxes of the war [= battle].
Greek Original:
*metai/xmion: metacu\ du/o fala/ggwn tou= pole/mou.
A clumsy gloss (also in the Synagoge, and Photius mu313 Theodoridis), but the essence of the word -- literally, between-spears -- is clear enough: see LSJ s.v. (web address 1). It appears to be a word used by un-military historians (Herodotus 6.77 and 112) and poets rather than any kind of technical term.
W.K. Pritchett, The Greek State at War, iv (Berkeley & Los Angeles 1985) 51-4
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; historiography; military affairs; poetry
Translated by: David Whitehead on 10 July 2001@04:25:57.
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Catharine Roth (added link) on 10 July 2001@18:46:05.
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