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A sling for discharging stones, or leaden plummets (glandes) — a weapon


commonly used in warfare by the Spaniards, Persians, Egyptians, and other foreign nations; and also occasionally by the Romans, as is shown by the annexed illustration, representing a Roman soldier in the army of Trajan, from the column erected in honour of that emperor (Plin. H. N. vii. 37; Georg. i. 309).


ἀμφίβληστρον). A casting-net; employed, like our own, for taking fish in rivers ( Georg. i. 141; Serv. ad l.; Isidor. Orig. xix. 5, 2); but apparently cast from behind, and over the right shoulder, instead of being discharged from the left shoulder and in front of the person throwing it, as is now the practice.


A bag or pack

Funda (bag).

slung over the shoulders, for the convenience of carrying money, or any other small articles (Macrob. Sat. ii. 4); probably so called because, with the straps which fastened it, it had the appearance of a sling, as shown

Funda. (Rich.)

by the annexed illustration, from the device on a bronze lamp.


σφενδόνη, πυελίς). The bezel of a ring—that is, the rim in which the gem is set and which holds it as a sling does its stone; more especially so called when the setting is transparent (Plin. H. N. xxxvii. 37, 42).

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  • Cross-references from this page (4):
    • Vergil, Georgics, 1.141
    • Vergil, Georgics, 1.309
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 37.37
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 7.37
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