The Derveni Gorget/Help with Modern Greek

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The Derveni Gorget/Help with Modern Greek

Post by sean_m » Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:52 am

Plutarch tells us that Alexander, like many North Aegean warriors, wore an iron gorget. The best preserved one is from tomb B at Derveni and is covered in bronze scales. Petros Themelis describes it as follows in his 1997 book ΟΙ ΤΑΦΟΙ ΤΟΥ ΔΕΡΒΕΝΙΟΥ pages 84 and 85:
Β46. Μηνοειδές περιτραχήλιον (Πίν. 19, 95)
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Ελλιπές κατά τον πυρήνα και την κατακόρυφη ταινία προστασίας του λαιμού (κολλάρου). Αποκατάθηκε και συμπληρώηκε με δέρμα. Λιακοσμημένο μεχάλκινεσ πεταλόσχημες φολίδες, σιην ευθύγραμμη χορδή των οποίων από τρεισ οπές πρόσδεσής. Μέγ. άνοιγμα 0,225 μ.
I would translate that as:
Β. 46 Crescent-shaped gorget (pictures 19, 95)

Incomplete in the core and the upright standing band around the throat (collar). Restored and supplemented with leather. Decorated with πεταλόοχημες bronze scales in a straight line, with three anchor holes. Max. opening 0.225 m.
What does πετα-λόοχημες mean? The word seems to be very rare in modern Greek.
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Re: The Derveni Gorget/Help with Modern Greek

Post by system1988 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:42 pm

Τhe word "πεταλόσχημος' ( petaloschimos) is not so rare in modern greek ,it is probably a technical one ,it means exactly that an object has the shape of a horse s hoof
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Re: The Derveni Gorget/Help with Modern Greek

Post by sean_m » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:23 pm

Thank you! Maybe the reason I could not find it in dictionaries is that it is a compound word?

Professor Themelis has made his book free to download on academia dot etu
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Re: The Derveni Gorget/Help with Modern Greek

Post by system1988 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:02 pm

Yes , is a compound word .Thank you for the pdf ,i have the book... The Derveni papyrus context is very important too, the dead was initiate
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