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Headword: Εἰς ὀρθὸν ἐπιδοῦναι
Adler number: epsiloniota,297
Translated headword: to face the front
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
To station each man away from the position initially held, so that if they are ordered to make a right turn[1] from the enemy, and then again 'to face the front', they would have to turn back again in the enemy's direction. This is also called 'to position to the front'.
Greek Original:
Εἰς ὀρθὸν ἐπιδοῦναι: τὸ ἐπὶ τὴν ἐξ ἀρχῆς θέσιν ἀποκαταστῆσαι ἄνδρα ἕκαστον. ὥστε εἰ ἐπὶ δόρυ κλίνειν ἐκ τῶν πολεμίων κελεύοιντο, εἶτα αὖθις εἰς ὀρθὸν ἀποδοῦναι, δεήσει ἐπὶ τοὺς πολεμίους πάλιν τρέπεσθαι. καλεῖται δὲ τοῦτο καὶ ἐπ' ὀρθὸν καταστῆσαι.
Notes:
Although the aorist infinitive in the headword phrase itself is ἐπιδοῦναι , it should more properly be ἀποδοῦναι (as in the body of the entry itself, and cf. Asclepiodotus 10.1).
[1] Literally, to bend towards the spear; see LSJ s.v. κλίνω , IV.2, and Walbank's note on Polybius 3.115.9-10. The opposite, a left turn, is 'to bend towards the shield'.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; military affairs; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 10 August 2005@03:20:47.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 11 August 2005@00:22:32.
David Whitehead (tweaked translation; expanded n.1) on 11 August 2005@02:12:38.
David Whitehead on 28 November 2012@03:41:45.

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