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by WPThayer
Mon Feb 23, 2009 10:55 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: palmus measure
Replies: 14
Views: 3573

Re: palmus measure

After posting, I actually wondered about that! but in a hurry, just below the threshold of full consciousness. The people at Suda Online confirm that, of course: see their page on this passage. It's certainly not the only time a Loeb translator botched things (my Greek is very middling, but my Latin...
by WPThayer
Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:22 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: palmus measure
Replies: 14
Views: 3573

Re: palmus measure

Well that just about nails it; there's still wiggle room — did Livy ( XL.65.9 ) in fact translate Polybius? — but that the passages should be independent is overwhelmingly improbable. Polyb XXVII.11.2 , a fragment transmitted via the Suda. The Greek has 2 cubits long, 1 span for the dart length: τὸ ...
by WPThayer
Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:32 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: palmus measure
Replies: 14
Views: 3573

Re: palmus measure

The smaller seems likelier to me as well — but by themselves, so far, all the above citations taken together yield no conclusion. The opinions of L&S (major, then minor) and the OED (later Latin) unfortunately have to be discounted: they are just modern opinions, even though maybe those of very shar...
by WPThayer
Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:34 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: palmus measure
Replies: 14
Views: 3573

Re: palmus measure

I think we can do better than that; the 9-digit palmus was in use by the 4c, if maybe the better sort of people sniffed at it. According to Smith's Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, s.v. "Palmus" Jerome explicitly says that both are in use, although the large palm is less common. The passag...