, ῥυμουλκεῖν τὰς ναῦς
), a rope for towing a ship
funis, quo deligata navis
magna trahitur vice remi,” Isid. Orig.
est, quum scaphae remis
navis magna trahitur,” Festus, s.v. comp. Caes.
2.23, 3.40; Hirt. B. Alex.
11; Liv. 25.30
). Looking to the form of the [p. 2.542]
and the frequent use of ῥῦμα
tow-rope (Plb. 1.26
, &c.), we can hardly doubt that the word remulcum
is borrowed from the Greek, and that the
connexion with remus
is false. The ships were
no doubt often towed by boats with oars, but this word would be used
whatever might be the method of towing. In Latin of the best age it is found
only in the ablative.