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Headword: Anutein
Adler number: alpha,2798
Translated headword: to accomplish
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to fulfill, to be effective.
"Since the barbarians were not able to accomplish anything further, either as in a siege sitting on the breastwork or pressing on to a battle on the walls, they determined to make trial of another method, bold and noble and adventurous."[1]
"Ninus was at his wit's end, able to accomplish nothing."[2] That is, to do [nothing].
Greek Original:
Anutein: plêroun, energein. epei de ouden ti pleon eichon anutein hoi barbaroi, oute hôs en poliorkiai ephedreuontes tôi erumati, oute pros teichomachian enkeimenoi, egnôsan tropou heterou authadous te kai gennaiou kai philokindunou apopeirathênai. ho de Ninos en amêchaniai ên, mêden dunamenos anutein. toutesti prattein.
cf. alpha 2783, alpha 2794, alpha 2795, alpha 2796, alpha 2797, alpha 2799. The present entry's infinitive is illustrated by both of the quotations given.
[1] Agathias, Histories 5.21 (p.325 Niebuhr). Cf. omicron 809. In 559 CE, their direct assaults on the long wall at the base of the Thracian Chersonese (chi 215) having been repulsed, the Kotrigur Huns plan for an amphibious flanking attack; cf. alpha 1017, kappa 2274, and Frendo (157-158).
[2] Quotation tentatively attributed by Adler to Nicolaus of Damascus. Ultimately, perhaps, from Ctesias: see Andrea Favuzzi, 'Frammenti di storia assira nella Suda'. Annali della Facolta di Lettere e Filosofia, Universita degli studi di Bari "Aldo Moro" 51 (2008) 39-51, at 40. For Ninus, the legendary Assyrian king and eponymous founder of Ninevah, see nu 417 and generally e.g. Strabo 16.1.1-2.
J.D. Frendo, trans., Agathias: The Histories, (Berlin 1975)
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; historiography; history; military affairs; mythology
Translated by: Oliver Phillips ✝ on 28 April 2001@22:00:50.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified notes; cosmetics) on 29 April 2001@06:48:54.
Catharine Roth (augmented note) on 30 April 2001@02:01:46.
David Whitehead (added note and keyword) on 15 August 2002@09:27:08.
David Whitehead (augmented n.2; cosmetics) on 8 June 2010@04:42:10.
Catharine Roth (deleted link) on 27 October 2011@01:49:15.
David Whitehead on 27 October 2011@03:30:16.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 10 July 2015@23:40:39.
David Whitehead on 1 August 2015@06:42:40.
Catharine Roth (cross-reference) on 22 February 2021@00:52:44.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.1, added bibliography, added cross-references) on 25 September 2023@11:06:38.


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