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COPIS (κοπίς), a curved sword, like a falx, and therefore a kind of scimitar (Xen. Eq. 12.1. 1: “copidas vocabant gladios leviter curvatos, falcibus similes,” Curt. 8.14.29). It was used by the Thessalians (Eur. Elect. 837) and by the eastern nations (Xen. Cyr. 2.1, § 9, 6.2.10; Curt. l.c.).

Copis was also the name of a knife used in cutting the flesh of animals in sacrifices and the kitchen (Poll. 10.104; Athen. 4.169 b; Plut. Lyc. 2). It is used as an adjective with μάχαιρα by Euripides (Eur. Cycl. 241).


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    • Euripides, Cyclops, 241
    • Xenophon, Cyropaedia, 2.1
    • Xenophon, On the Art of Horsemanship, 12.1
    • Plutarch, Lycurgus, 2
    • Curtius, Historiarum Alexandri Magni, 8.14.29
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