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Headword: Λιτοῖς
Adler number: lambda,625
Translated headword: plain, simple, frugal
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] sparse, light, cheap.[1]
"Learning from the report of a deserter that [the Syracusans] were observing a public festival and eating bread frugally -- because it was scarce -- but drinking wine freely, [Marcellus] began the siege."[2]
Greek Original:
Λιτοῖς: ὀλίγοις. ψιλοῖς, εὐτελέσι. Πολύβιος: μαθὼν δ' ἐξ αὐτομόλου διασαφήσαντος, ὅτι ἑορτὴν ἄγουσι πάνδημον καὶ τοῖς σιτίοις λιτοῖς χρῶνται διὰ σπάνιν, τῷ δὲ οἴνῳ δαψιλεῖ, ἐπολιόρκει.
Notes:
[1] Headword and glosses are dative plurals of these adjectives. The headword one might be extracted from the quotation given (where the relevant phrase is literally "eating frugal breads"); however, other lexica (see the references at Photius lambda358 Theodoridis) do not have the quotation, but do have this headword with the second and third of the Suda's glosses.
[2] Polybius 8.37.2 (abridged: web address 1), on the Roman siege of Syracuse in 216 BCE.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; food; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; religion
Translated by: David Whitehead on 12 September 2001@04:47:59.
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Elizabeth Vandiver (Added link; cosmetics; set status) on 19 November 2003@16:08:39.
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