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Headword: Οἰσυί̈ναις
Adler number: omicroniota,183
Translated headword: made of wicker, wickerwork
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Thucydides [writes]: "the sailors he armed with shields of poor quality and, in most cases, made of wicker".[1]
And Eunapius [writes]: "other Parthians had wicker shields and wicker helmets, woven in a traditional weave".[2]
And [in the neuter singular] [something] made of wicker.
A rope of willow.
Greek Original:
Οἰσυί̈ναις: Θουκυδίδης: ναύταις ἐξώπλισεν ἀσπίσι φαύλαις καὶ οἰσυί̈ναις ταῖς πολλαῖς. καὶ Εὐνάπιος: οἱ δὲ τῶν Πάρθων οἰσυί̈νας ἀσπίδας ἔχοντες καὶ κράνη οἰσύϊνα, πλοκήν τινα πάτριον πεπλεγμένα. καὶ Οἰσύϊνον. σχοινίον ἰτέας.
Notes:
cf. generally omicroniota 169, omicroniota 182. The present headword is a related adjective, here in the feminine dative plural (extracted from the first quotation given).
[1] An ungrammatical version of Thucydides 4.9.1, on General Demosthenes at Pylos. (The first word, 'sailors', should be accusative, not dative.) See web address 1.
[2] Eunapius fr. 21 FHG (4.22), Blockley, Eunapius fr. 27.2.
Reference:
Blockley, R.C. The Fragmentary Classicising Historians of the Later Roman Empire: Eunapius, Olympiodorus, Priscus and Malchus. Vol. II. Liverpool: Francis Cairns, 1983.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: botany; clothing; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 15 June 2005@07:01:23.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 15 June 2005@11:40:06.
David Whitehead (supplemented translation and notes) on 16 June 2005@02:44:12.
David Whitehead on 8 August 2013@05:31:06.
Aaron Baker (Who says "osier" any more?) on 28 September 2014@18:40:14.
David Whitehead on 29 September 2014@02:52:05.

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