[lit-ideas] Re: Greek Military History -- Revisited

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2007 19:15:25 EST

"All the other occasions when they applied this
military strategy proved fracases."
R. Paul writes: 
>Nothing like a good fracas to rouse the hoplites.
[a. Fr. fracas, ad. It. fracasso, vbl. n. f. fracassare, 
from fra [cfr. infra, under-, + cassare, annul, cfr. 'cash']  
 1727 LADY M. W. MONTAGU Let. to C'tess Mar Apr., 
He occasions such "fracas" among the ladies of 
gallantry that it passes description. 
1785 BURNS Scotch Drink 1 
Let other Poets raise a fracas 
about vines, and wines, and drunken Bacchus. 
1848 THACKERAY Van. Fair xxxvi, 
A violent fracas took place between 
the infantry-colonel and his lady.
"Fracas is a strategy game of tactical combat 
and world conquest. In Fracas, up to six human 
or computer players duke it out over land and 
water. Players deploy troops and build 
ports to attack opponents' countries and 
defend their own. Fracas now supports 
network play over a LAN, so you can play 
with your friends, too."
_http://fracas.idoneos.com/_ (http://fracas.idoneos.com/) 
[F., It. fracasso, from "fracassare", to break in pieces, from "fra-", 
within (cognate with Latin, "infra-") + "cassare", to annul.
literally: 'undermine'.
» fracassa : traduzione dall'Italiano all'Inglese
fracassato, bashed. fracassato, bashed in.

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