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Headword: Ἐσχάρα
Adler number: epsilon,3242
Translated headword: sacrificial hearth, eschar
Vetting Status: high
Lycurgus and Ammonius say that an eschar is the name for the [altar] which has no height but is set into the ground, or hollow.[1] By analogy doctors call shallow wounds in the body eschars.
Greek Original:
Ἐσχάρα: ἐσχάραν φησὶ καλεῖσθαι Λυκοῦργος καὶ Ἀμμώνιος τὴν μὴ ἔχουσαν ὕψος, ἀλλ' ἐπὶ γῆς ἱδρυμένην, ἢ κοίλην. παρ' ὃ καὶ τοὺς ἰατροὺς τὰ ἐν σώματι κοῖλα ἕλκη ἐσχάρας καλοῦσιν.
Abridged from Harpokration (and Photius) s.v.; cf. a scholion on Homer, Iliad 10.418 (web address 1), where the headword occurs.
cf. epsilon 3243, epsilon 3244, epsilon 3245, epsilon 3246.
[1] Lycurgus fr. 37 Conomis; Ammonius [neither alpha 1640 nor alpha 1641 but a C1 CE Athenian antiquarian historian, author of On altars and sacrifices] FGrH 361 F1b.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: architecture; definition; epic; historiography; imagery; medicine; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 21 November 2000@06:45:07.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (augmented note, added keywords) on 12 July 2003@21:02:52.
Catharine Roth (added link) on 12 July 2003@21:06:26.
David Whitehead (added keywords) on 13 July 2003@04:53:33.
David Whitehead (x-refs; more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 8 July 2011@04:43:14.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 6 August 2011@20:24:42.
David Whitehead on 18 February 2016@04:20:37.


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