Note 019
From Chapter 11 of the Decline & Fall

Hist. August. p. 211 [Vopisc. Aurel. c. 7] This laconic epistle is truly the work of a soldier; it abounds with military phrases and words, some of which cannot be understood without difficulty. Ferramenta samiata is well explained by Salmasius. The former of the words means all weapons of offence, and is contrasted with Arma, defensive armour. The latter signifies keen and well sharpened.

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