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Headword: *prosthqidi/wn
Adler number: pi,2813
Translated headword: pectorals
Vetting Status: high
"Two big men[1] with images and pectorals came out and begged them not to plan anything extreme concerning the city."[2] That is, images on [their] chest.
Greek Original:
*prosthqidi/wn: e)celqo/ntes mega/loi du/o meta\ tu/pwn kai\ prosthqidi/wn e)de/onto mhde\n a)nh/keston bouleu/esqai peri\ th=s po/lews. toute/stin ei)ko/nes me/xri sth/qous.
[1] mega/loi - but this is a corruption of ga/lloi (priests of Kybele: see generally gamma 41, gamma 42).
[2] Polybius 21.6.7 (web address 1). The city is Sestos (sigma 345), at that time (191/0 BCE) menaced by the Romans; cf. Livy 37.9.9. Walbank 96 has an inconclusive note about the distinction between the 'images' and the 'pectorals'.
F.W. Walbank, A Historical Commentary on Polybius, III (Oxford 1979)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: clothing; definition; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; religion
Translated by: David Whitehead on 29 October 2001@04:32:57.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, link, status) on 11 September 2004@13:40:08.
David Whitehead (modified translation; augmented keywords) on 12 September 2004@05:06:23.
Catharine Roth (fixed link) on 18 September 2011@20:35:57.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 19 September 2011@03:46:57.
David Whitehead on 20 October 2013@05:18:20.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 1 December 2021@22:58:22.
Ronald Allen (added cross-reference n.2) on 2 December 2021@12:25:20.


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