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Headword: Ἴλας
Adler number: iota,297
Translated headword: troops
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] herds, or ranks.[1] Also [sc. attested is] ἰλάρχας ["troop-leaders"], [meaning] taxiarchs.[2]
For ἴλη [means] a dense mass, a formation of a mass of cavalry.[3]
Greek Original:
Ἴλας: ἀγέλας, ἢ τάξεις. καὶ ἰλάρχας, ταξιάρχας. Ἴλη γὰρ συστροφή, τάξις ὄχλου ἱππικοῦ.
Notes:
[1] The headword (which must be quoted from somewhere -- there are numerous possibilities) is acccusative plural of ἴλη ; cf. epsiloniota 99, iota 286, iota 311.
[2] Another accusative plural, probably quoted from Arrian or Polybius. (Thus far the entry is also in other lexica; see the references at Photius iota101 Theodoridis.)
[3] From a gloss on Herodotus 1.73.3, where this nominative occurs.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; military affairs; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 10 April 2006@00:51:40.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 10 April 2006@04:02:14.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 10 January 2013@09:39:02.
David Whitehead on 26 April 2016@05:59:42.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 30 June 2016@01:13:35.
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