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Headword: Γέρρα
Adler number: gamma,178
Translated headword: screens
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Strictly speaking the screens are Persian artefacts;[1] loosely speaking "screen" was the word for any sort of covering, whether of hide or of some other material. Hence Demosthenes in the [speech] For Ktesiphon calls the coverings and hangings of the [market-]booths "screens" and says that they were burned.[2] He would likewise call the fences of the booths "screens".
Greek Original:
Γέρρα: Περσικὰ μέν ἐστιν ὅπλα κυρίως τὰ γέρρα: καταχρηστικῶς δὲ καὶ ἅπαν σκέπασμα, εἴτε δερμάτινον εἴτε ἄλλης τινὸς ὕλης, γέρρον ἐλέγετο. διὸ καὶ Δημοσθένης τὰ τῶν σκηνῶν σκεπάσματα καὶ παρακαλύμματα ἐν τῷ ὑπὲρ Κτησιφῶντος γέρρα καλῶν ἐμπίπρασθαι λέγει. λέγοιτ' ἂν ὁμοίως γέρρα καὶ τὰ τῶν σκηνῶν περιφράγματα.
Notes:
Abridged and adapted from Harpokration s.v., who besides Herodotus and Demosthenes (below) cites [Demosthenes] 59.90.
See also gamma 177, gamma 205.
[1] See Herodotus 7.61.1.
[2] Demosthenes 18.169.
Keywords: daily life; definition; geography; historiography; history; rhetoric; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 13 October 2000@08:13:19.
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