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Headword: Ἁμαξιτόν
Adler number: alpha,1489
Translated headword: wagon-road
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[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:
Ἁμαξιτόν: ὁδὸν δημοσίαν. Μάλχος: ἡ δὲ εἰσβολὴ τῆς Κιλικίας ἁμαξιτὸς ἦν ὁδός, ὀρθία ἰσχυρῶς καὶ ἀμήχανος εἰσελθεῖν στρατεύματι, εἴ τις ἐκώλυεν.
Notes:
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, ἅμαχα (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 ἁμαξιτός is common enough in all periods.
[3] Xenophon, Anabasis 1.2.21 (see web address 1).
Reference:
C. de Boor, "Suidas und die Konstantinsche Exzerptsammlung I." Byzantinische Zeitschrift 21 (1912) 418
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
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Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 9 June 2000@08:51:30.
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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.
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