The splints were sharp as needles, being indeed the needles used in tattooing, and on the end of the pole they were intended to be applied to Tiha's back in the same way that men apply ox-goads
The first instance describes Shamgar son of Anath, who slew six hundred Philistines with an ox-goad (Judg.
even the son of Dryas, mighty Lycurgus, lived not long, seeing that he strove with heavenly gods--he that on a time drave down over the sacred mount of Nysa the nursing mothers of mad Dionysus; and they all let fall to the ground their wands, smitten with an ox-goad by man-slaying Lycurgus (Il.
Prisoners were summarily judged, then expelled from the harsh sanctuary of their confinement to a bloody mob armed with sabers, pikes, and clubs, much like the Spanish peasants of a century and a half later, armed with flails, ox-goads
, pitchforks, and clubs.