2999Re: [ANE-2] weavers
- Dec 5, 2006
> The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beamThe way to handle a spear is different from the way to handle a
> ... ...
> The implication of this is that a weaver's beam was
> significantly larger and heavier than the normal spear shaft.
> Such a "weaver's beam" would be a significant implement for
> any average woman to handle.
You handle a spear by putting your fingers around it, and then
you also have to lift and throw it. But a weaver's beam is about
15-20 centimeters (six inches) long, and only has to be thrown or
pushed among the threads to the other side of the weaving
So, I think what this phrase
> The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beamintends to is only a reference to the diameter of the shaft, not
to its weight. The weight is commented in the next phrase
> his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of ironAnd so, a woman could be a weaver.
Lampros F. Kallenos "...EKANAN OISTRO THS ZWHS
Idalion, Lefkosia TO FOBO TOU QANATOU"
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