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Headword: Hamaxiton
Adler number: alpha,1489
Translated headword: wagon-road
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] public highway.[1]
Malchus [writes][2]: "the entrance into Cilicia was a wagon-road, terribly steep and impossible for an army to enter, if anyone prevented."[3]
Greek Original:
Hamaxiton: hodon dêmosian. Malchos: hê de eisbolê tês Kilikias hamaxitos ên hodos, orthia ischurôs kai amêchanos eiselthein strateumati, ei tis ekôluen.
The headword, which has the same glossing in other lexica, is accusative case. It is quoted (as Latte notes on Hesychius s.v.) from Homer, Iliad 22.146; cf. the scholia there.
[1] Literally, one on which it is possible to travel in a wagon or cart, a(/maxa (alpha 1486).
[2] A sophist and historian of the fourth century CE: see mu 120. The quotation is not from him, however, but from a much earlier writer (see next note), and indeed the word a(macito/s is common enough in all periods.
[3] Xenophon, Anabasis 1.2.21 (see web address 1).
C. de Boor, "Suidas und die Konstantinsche Exzerptsammlung I." Byzantinische Zeitschrift 21 (1912) 418
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; geography; historiography; military affairs; science and technology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 9 June 2000@08:51:30.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (Altered wording, added link and keywords.) on 24 August 2000@00:59:54.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 19 September 2000@07:06:29.
David Whitehead (added note and keywords; cosmetics) on 7 July 2002@06:00:45.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, bibliography) on 27 December 2009@01:06:09.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 27 December 2009@05:01:57.
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords) on 12 February 2012@06:01:29.
David Whitehead on 20 August 2013@08:36:53.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note and link) on 9 December 2013@11:35:09.


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