Aeneas Tacticus 34.





34. Materials for Quenching Fire

1. If the enemy attempt to set anything on fire with highly inflammable materials, you should use vinegar to put the fire out: this will make it hard to set alight again. Better still, smear it beforehand with birdlime: for this is fireproof. 2. Men engaged in putting out fires below them should wear a shield over their faces, so as to be less inconvenienced by the leaping flames.




34. Πυρὸς σβεστήρια πρὸς τὰ ἐμπιμπράμενα

1. Ἐὰν δέ τι οἱ πολέμιοι πειρῶνται ἐμπιμπράναι ἰσχυρᾷ σκευασίᾳ πυρός, σβεννύειν χρὴ αὐτὸ ὄξει: οὐ γὰρ ἔτι ῥᾳδίως ἐξάπτεται. μᾶλλον δὲ ἰξῷ προαλείφειν: τούτου γὰρ πῦρ οὐχ ἅπτεται. 2. τοὺς δὲ κατασβεννύντας ἀπὸ τῶν ὑψηλοτέρων ἔχειν περὶ τὸ πρόσωπον ἔρυμα, ἵνα ἧσσον ὀχλῶνται προσαϊσσούσης αὐτοῖς τῆς φλογός.

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created 04/07/2017 - updated 04/07/2017