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Headword: Ψαμμήτιχος
Adler number: psi,19
Translated headword: Psammetichus, Psammetichos
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Note] that Psammetichus, the king of [the] Egyptians,[1] besieged the city of Azotus[2] until he captured it. This Azotus withstood a siege for the longest time[3] of all cities of which we are [= I am] aware.[4]
Greek Original:
Ψαμμήτιχος: ὅτι Ψαμμήτιχος, ὁ βασιλεὺς Αἰγυπτίων, Ἄζωτον πόλιν ἐπολιόρκησεν, ἐς ὃ ἐξεῖλεν. αὕτη δὲ ἡ Ἄζωτος ἁπασέων πολίων ἐπιπλεῖστον χρόνον πολιορκουμένη ἀντέσχε, τῶν ἡμεῖς ἴδμεν.
Notes:
[1] On Herodotus' dating, Psammetichus was king of Egypt circa 670-616 BC.
[2] That is, Ashdod in the Gaza Strip.
[3] Adler's text here gives epipleiston ('for the longest') as one word: it should be written as two words (epi pleiston), as in the source (on which see the next note).
[4] The source of this entry is Herodotus 2.157, which is copied word for word (except for atticization of some spelling) from 'until he captured ...' onwards. Herodotus' chapter begins: 'Psammetichus was king of Egypt fifty-four years, for thirty-less-one of which he was carrying on a siege of Azotus of Syria, a great city, until ...'. (etc.).
Keywords: biography; chronology; geography; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: Paul McKechnie on 7 April 1999@19:54:22.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added headword; cosmetics; raised status) on 19 January 2001@08:32:49.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 12 April 2011@09:49:34.

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