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Headword: Πύκνωσις
Adler number: pi,3155
Translated headword: close order, compression
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[sc. can be achieved] by flanker and by rear-ranker. That is, close order by breadth and [by] depth. The 'compressed' man has 2 cubits [sc. distance from the next man], whereas he who is simply deployed [has] 4 cubits.
Greek Original:
Πύκνωσις κατὰ παραστάτην καὶ ἐπιστάτην. τουτέστι πύκνωσις κατὰ μῆκος καὶ βάθος. κατέχει δὲ ὁ πεπυκνωμένος ἀνὴρ πήχεις β#, ὁ δὲ ἁπλῶς ταττόμενος πήχεις δ#.
Notes:
The compiler drew this entry verbatim from the Onomasticon tacticon (30), which adapts Aelian, Tactica 11.2-3. (For words related to the headword see also all the other entries between pi 3142 and pi 3155, inclusive.)
For this sense of the noun πύκνωσις , see generally LSJ s.v., III.
See sigma 1448 for συνασπισμός , where (in this abstract technical literature) each man occupies just one cubit.
Keywords: definition; military affairs; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 16 April 2010@06:13:17.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 17 April 2010@14:29:30.
David Whitehead (note) on 18 April 2010@05:32:40.
David Whitehead on 1 December 2011@08:30:57.
Philip Rance (Note, cross-reference) on 13 August 2012@03:14:35.
David Whitehead on 13 August 2012@03:26:01.
William Hutton (augmented note) on 17 September 2013@08:10:53.
David Whitehead on 23 October 2013@09:46:12.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 5 February 2015@00:35:16.
David Whitehead on 25 May 2016@05:08:21.

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