metaphrenon

metaphrenon

An obsolete term that formerly dignified the dorsal region of the body, in particular that area associated with the kidneys.
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(23) Plutarch clearly refers to the back rather than the abdomen, for his phrase echoes Homeric expressions for striking a fleeing individual with a lance in the back (metaphrenon), between the shoulders (as in Iliad 5.40 and 56).
Thus a wound in the metaphrenon has to mean behind the lungs, and thus in the back.