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Headword: Κηρύκειον
Adler number: kappa,1544
Translated headword: herald's wand
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
"It was a signal of friendship among the barbarians, to meet with those holding wreaths and branches, like the herald's wand among the Greeks"[1] --- making it clear through these things that they are guests, who want neither to commit nor suffer anything adverse.
Greek Original:
Κηρύκειον: σύνθημα φιλίας ἦν τοῖς βαρβάροις, συναντᾶν στεφάνους ἔχοντας καὶ θαλλούς, ὥσπερ τὸ κηρύκειον τοῖς Ἕλλησι, διασαφοῦντες, ὅτι πάρεισι διὰ ταῦτα βουλόμενοι μήτε ποιῆσαι μήτε παθεῖν τι δυσχερὲς μηδέν.
Notes:
See also kappa 1545, kappa 1546.
[1] Slightly paraphrasing Polybius 3.52.4: natives of the Alps trying to trick Hannibal. In our accepted text ἔχοντες is in the nominative: the barbarians doing the meeting are also holding the peace tokens. See also at sigma 1590.
Keywords: botany; daily life; ethics; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 18 November 2008@01:40:45.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (keywords; cosmetics) on 18 November 2008@03:22:19.
David Whitehead on 22 February 2013@05:41:07.

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