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Headword: *)/wneuon
Adler number: omega,108
Translated headword: they were hauling up with windlasses
Vetting Status: high
In Thucydides, [meaning] they were moving and rotating;[1] for a windlass[2] of the mill [is] the thing that is moved; and windlasses [are] devices of such a kind.
Thucydides [writes]: "they tied the stakes and were hauling them up with windlasses". That is, they were using windlasses.
A windlass is [sc. in this instance] a device fixed to the tops of the light boats, from which they would toss nooses around the stakes and easily drag them up from the sea-bed. For the device is so very strong that a heavy drag-net can be dragged by two men without difficulty. The fishermen who drag them, brushing along the ground, call the device a distaff. A lot of effort is required to drag it up, even when a forked beam has been put in front of it; for the resistance of the things dragged opposes it.
Greek Original:
*)/wneuon: para\ *qoukudi/dh| e)ki/noun kai\ perih=gon: o)/nos ga\r tou= mu/lwnos to\ kinou/menon: kai\ ai( toiau=tai mhxanai\ o)/noi. *qoukudi/dhs: w)/neuon a)nadou/menoi tou\s staurou/s. toute/stin o)/nois e)xrw=nto. e)/sti de\ o)/nos mhxanh\ e)p' a)/krwn tw=n a)kati/wn phgnume/nh, a)f' h(=s periba/llontes bro/xois tou\s staurou\s r(a|di/ws e)k tou= buqou= a)ne/spwn. e)/sti ga\r h( mhxanh\ e)pi\ tosou=ton biaiota/th, w(/ste kai\ sagh/nhn barei=an u(po\ du/o a)ndrw=n a)po/nws e(/lkesqai. kalou=si de\ th\n mhxanh\n oi( tou\s xamai\ lei/xontas e(/lkontes a(liei=s h)laka/thn. e)rrwmeneste/ra de\ pro\s th\n a)ne/lkusin kaqi/statai, o(/tan kai\ di/kroun cu/lon pro\ au)th=s teqei/h: e)p' eu)qei/as ga\r h( a)nti/spasis tw=n a)nelkome/nwn gi/netai.
[1] Thucydides 7.25.6, quoted later in the entry; part of the fighting in the Great Harbour at Syracuse, 413 BCE. Most of the present entry derives from the scholia on this passage
[2] An onos (a noun cognate with the verb in question here); cf. omicron 380.
Keywords: daily life; definition; historiography; history; military affairs; science and technology
Translated by: John White on 6 June 2000@19:15:58.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword and translation; added notes and keyword; cosmetics) on 16 January 2001@08:00:24.
David Whitehead (expanded notes; added keyword; cosmetics) on 14 July 2003@09:57:52.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 8 August 2011@07:58:58.


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