Lampros F. Kallenos wrote:
> > The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam
> > ... ...
> > 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.
> > gfsomsel
> The way to handle a spear is different from the way to handle a
> weaver's beam.
> 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
What you are thinking about is a shuttle, which I don't think anyone (in
English) would refer to as a beam. If "beam" is a good translation, it
is more likely to refer either to one of the two beams of a ground loom
or of an upright loom, or to the warp beam of a warp-weighted loom. In
any case the beam would not be moved while the loom was in use. For all
this stuff you might refer to:
Barber, Elizabeth J. W. 1990. Prehistoric Textiles: The Development of
Cloth in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages with Special Reference to the
Aegean. Princeton: Princeton University Press.