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Headword: Βρῖθος
Adler number: beta,540
Translated headword: weight
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[βρῖθος means the same as] βάρος .[1]
"[It was] impossible to take the towers, for they could neither be easily overturned because of their weight, nor be burned because of the iron [plating]."[2]
And elsewhere: "he took an iron-weighted club in his right hand."[3]
Greek Original:
Βρῖθος: βάρος. τοὺς πύργους ἀμήχανον ἑλεῖν, μήτε ἀνατραπῆναι ῥᾳδίως διὰ τὸ βρῖθος, μήτ' ἐμπρησθῆναι διὰ τὸν σίδηρον. καὶ αὖθις: σιδηροβριθές τ' ἔλαβε δεξιᾷ ξύλον.
Notes:
[1] A relatively rare word meaning weight is glossed by a commonplace one. For βρῖθος cf. beta 539, beta 541, beta 542.
[2] Quotation not identified by Adler but identifiable via the TLG as Josephus, Jewish War 5.297 (web address 1). See on this Theodoridis' Photius edition, vol.II p.LXXXIII.
[3] Aristophanes, Frogs 1402, Euripides speaking (web address 2).
Associated internet addresses:
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Web address 2
Keywords: comedy; definition; historiography; history; military affairs; science and technology; trade and manufacture; tragedy
Translated by: Sean M. Redmond on 8 October 2001@20:43:57.
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