Friday, 18 September 2015

'Islands' in the stream...: some epigraphic and papyrological citations for νῆσος

The Tab.Heracl. have τὰν (δὲ) νᾶσον as 'alluvial land' (LSJ s.v. 2) in 1.38 (= Buck, no. 79, p. 274 and, for the gloss, p. 280) and an inscription from Karpathos has ἐπὶ τὰν νᾶσσον (153 BC).

LSJ's papyri: land flooded by the Nile, PHib. 1.90.7 (iii B.C.), etc.; opp. ἤπειρος, PGiss.60< 4.12 and 5.1> (ii A.D.); νῆσοι ποταμοφόρητοι POxy.1445.13 (ii A.D.)

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