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Headword: *me/twpon
Adler number: mu,804
Translated headword: forehead, front
Vetting Status: high
[The forehead] of a ship is its prow. Also [sc. attested is the adverb] 'forehead-fashion', that is [when] they used to proffer the faces of the ships to the enemy.
Greek Original:
*me/twpon th=s new\s h( prw/ra e)sti/. kai\ *metwphdo/n, toute/sti ta\ pro/swpa tw=n nhw=n parei=xon toi=s e)nanti/ois.
From the scholia to Thucydides 2.90.4 (web address 1), where the adverb 'metope-fashion' - front foremost - occurs (in a description of a sea-battle). For other instances see LSJ s.v. (web address 2).
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; imagery; military affairs; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 27 September 2001@05:33:10.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (cosmetics, added links, set status) on 15 September 2003@16:10:30.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 4 January 2005@07:55:07.
David Whitehead on 20 May 2013@05:33:09.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 21 May 2013@01:24:41.


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