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Headword: Ἀμβάτας
Adler number: alpha,1518
Translated headword: riders
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[sc. The same as] anabatai.[1] "When the horses died it did not distress their riders; for they ate them."[2]
And elsewhere: "some even shook off their riders because they were terrified."[3]
Greek Original:
Ἀμβάτας: ἀναβάτας. οἱ δὲ ἵπποι θνήσκοντες οὐκ ἐλύπουν τοὺς ἀμβάτας: ἤσθιον γὰρ αὐτούς. καὶ αὖθις: οἱ δὲ καὶ τοὺς ἀμβάτας δι' ἔκπληξιν ἀποσεισάμενοι.
Notes:
cf. generally alpha 1517.
[1] The headword is accusative plural; it is presumably extracted from the quotations given (though it also occurs in Xenophon, Hellenica 5.3.1). For the glossing cf. Hesychius alpha3498, glossing nominative singular ἀμβατός with ἀνάβατος and προσβατός ; Latte ad loc. considers that entry prompted by Homer, Iliad 6.434.
[2] Attributed to Arrian's Parthica by the editor of Arrian, A.G. Roos (Studia Arrianea [Leipzig 1912] 15 n.61). The identification is supported by Favuzzi (below) 54-55, on the strength of six parallels in Arrian; and in Favuzzi's view it is incomprehensible why Roos did not include this as a fragment in his 1928 edition. See further, next note.
[3] Quotation not identified by Adler -- but Favuzzi reasonably suggests that it too is from Arrian; cf. μὴ ἀποσείεσθαι τοὺς ἀμβάτας in Indica 13.12.
Reference:
Andrea Favuzzi, 'Notizie dalla Suda: nuove attribuzioni e agnizioni', Annali della facolta di lettere e filosofia, Universita degli studi Bari "Aldo Moro" 52-53 (2009-2010) 47-58
Keywords: dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; food; historiography; history; military affairs; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 24 April 2001@23:02:19.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 3 July 2002@10:20:04.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 24 February 2011@10:30:37.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; bibliography) on 9 October 2011@05:09:56.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1; more keywords) on 13 February 2012@03:34:33.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 11 March 2012@00:45:26.

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