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ξύλινον τεῖχος—a frame-work of timber, in which the bricks were secured. Buildings are sometimes constructed in this way in Germany. τεῖχος is not really ‘a wall’ here, any more than in Pindar, Pyth. III. 38 τείχει θέσαν ἐν ξυλίνῳ σύγγονοι κούραν, σέλας δ᾽ ἀμφέδραμεν λάβρον Ἁφαίστου, of which Thuc. was probably thinking.

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