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Headword: *(olka/s
Adler number: omicron,171
Translated headword: holkas
Vetting Status: high
In Thucydides [sc. this word] means a merchant ship.[1]
Also [sc. attested is the plural] o(lka/des, [meaning] boats.
"The barbarian horde crossed over in the so-called long holkades."[2]
Greek Original:
*(olka/s: para\ *qoukudi/dh| h( e)mporikh\ nau=s. kai\ *(olka/des, ploi=a. e)n tai=s dh\ legome/nais o(lka/si makrai=s ta\ barbarika\ diebi/basan plh/qh.
[1] From the scholia to Thucydides 2.91.3. (The word, and sense, is not of course confined to this author.)
[2] Menander Protector fr. 21 Blockley. The phrase has the air of paradox or oxymoron about it, because elsewhere it is common to find merchant ships and 'long ships' (i.e. warships) as opposites; cf. epsilon 995, with a different adjective.
Keywords: definition; economics; historiography; history; military affairs; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 26 November 2009@07:16:28.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 27 November 2009@00:25:56.
David Whitehead (typo) on 27 November 2009@02:51:37.
David Whitehead (updated n.2) on 3 January 2012@06:57:54.
David Whitehead on 24 June 2013@05:49:26.


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