ἔγχος ἑνδεκάπηχυ: a long spear! But only about the length of the Macedonian pikes (“σάρισσαι”), which were 14-18 feet long. The lance of the Prussian Uhlan is about ten feet in length. Ajax wielded a boarding pike of twenty-two cubits, 15.678. The Chalybes had lances fifteen cubits long, acc. to Xen. An. iv. 7. 16.—“δουρός [δόρατος”, § 18 f]: const. with “πάροιθε”, at the head of the spear.—This description does much to bring the scene before the mind of the hearer or reader.
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