ὀπλῖται δρόμοι -> mailed races, races of men in armour, races of men in armor

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ὁπλῖται δρόμοι / ὁπλιτῶν δρόμοι;
heavy-armed, armed, ὁ. δρόμοι races of men in armour, opp. the naked race (v. στάδιον 11)
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Normally, ὁπλιτῶν δρόμοι would mean "races of men in armour."  In one instance, however, Pindar uses ὀπλῖται adjectivally to modify δρόμοι:  cf. J. B. Bury, The Isthmian Odes of Pindar (London 1892) s.v. Isthmian 1.23:
ὁπλίταις occurs only here in Pindar.  ὁπλίταις δρόμοις, "mailed races";  a close paraphrase of the technical ὁπλιτόδρομος.  With this phrase compare ἀσπισταὶ μόχθοι, Euripides, Electra 442.
So ὀπλῖται δρόμοι -> mailed races, but only once in Greek literature.
 
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I had to look up "mail" :)

mail
(uncountable) Armour consisting of metal rings or plates linked together.
(nautical) A contrivance of interlinked rings, for rubbing off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage.
Any hard protective covering of an animal, as the scales and plates of reptiles, shell of a lobster, etc.
(obsolete, rare) A spot on a bird's feather; by extension, a spotted feather.
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