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Headword: Κεκραγμόν
Adler number: kappa,1259
Translated headword: scream
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Attic-speakers [call] a shout [a scream, κεκραγμός ].[1]
"By immediately hanging a pig from the tower [the Romans] escaped the danger from the elephant. For when the pig had been suspended, it emitted a certain ill-omened cry, at which the elephant reared up in distress."[2]
Greek Original:
Κεκραγμόν: τὴν βοὴν Ἀττικοί. χοῖρον αὐτίκα ἐκ τοῦ πύργου ἐπικρεμάσαντες τὸν κίνδυνον τὸν ἐκ τοῦ ἐλέφαντος διέφυγον. κεκραγμὸν γάρ τινα σκαιὸν ὁ χοῖρος ἠρτημένος ἠφίει: ᾧπερ ὁ ἐλέφας ἀχθόμενος ἀνεχαίτιζεν.
Notes:
The headword noun is in the accusative case, presumably extracted from the quotation given.
[1] Similarly in Photius, Lexicon kappa536 Theodoridis (but without 'Attic-speakers': for that cf. Moeris).
[2] Quotation not identified by Adler but identifiable via the TLG as Procopius, History of the Wars of Justinian 8.14.37 (though he uses the form κραυγμός ). Aelian, De natura animalium 1.38, reports that the Romans used a similar defense in their war with Pyrrhus (reference supplied by Nick Nicholas).
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; history; military affairs; religion; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 20 October 2008@00:48:02.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented and modified notes; more keywords) on 20 October 2008@03:03:48.
Catharine Roth (expanded note) on 3 November 2008@00:50:51.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 14 February 2013@04:31:19.
David Whitehead (coding) on 30 April 2016@09:08:12.

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