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Headword: Νεῦρα μάχης
Adler number: nu,266
Translated headword: sinews of battle
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Descriptive of] wealth.[1]
The Pisidian [writes]: "[he] seeing especially, too, the 'sinews of the battle', the wealth flowing out to the barbarians".[2]
Greek Original:
Νεῦρα μάχης: ὁ πλοῦτος. Πισίδης: βλέπων μάλιστα καὶ τὰ νεῦρα τῆς μάχης, τὸν πλοῦτον ἐκρεύσαντα πρὸς τοὺς βαρβάρους.
Notes:
[1] The "sinews of" something was a classical metaphorical usage for the core or indispensible basis of something (LSJ s.v. νεῦρον I.2: web address 1). For the specific notion of wealth or money as the 'sinews' of war or battle, see also mu 380 (citing Pindar); Plutarch, Agis and Cleomenes 48; Appian, Civil Wars 4.99, etc.
[2] George of Pisidia, Heraclias 1.163-4.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; economics; geography; imagery; medicine; military affairs; poetry
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 7 September 2009@07:54:44.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (tweaked tr., augmented note, added keywords, set status) on 9 September 2009@08:49:19.
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 13 September 2009@07:20:49.
David Whitehead on 7 June 2013@06:00:45.

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