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Headword: Anchistrophoi
Adler number: alpha,410
Translated headword: changeable
Vetting Status: high
[Those] gathered together, or quickly turning about.[1]
Procopius [writes]: "the battle had become fierce and at close range, and both sides were making quick-turning pursuits against each other."[2]
And elsewhere: "then you, deploying the phalanxes, becoming gathered together, are face to face with your pursuers."[3]
And elsewhere: "in the changeability of fortune."[4]
And Theramenes, being wily and changeable, caters to the moment, always giving himself to the stronger side.[5]
Greek Original:
Anchistrophoi: sustraphentes, ê tachu epistrephomenoi. Prokopios: hê te machê kartera egegonei kai ek cheiros ên, anchistrophous te tas diôxeis epoiounto es allêlous hekateroi. kai authis: eita humeis tas phalangas exelixantes anchistrophoi genomenoi, antimetôpoi ginesthe tois diôkousi. kai authis: tôi anchistrophôi tês tuchês. kai ho Thêramenês poikilos tis ôn kai anchistrophos, kathômilei tois kairois pros to kreitton aei didous heauton.
[1] Same glossing in Photius and elsewhere. The headword, a nominative plural, is evidently quoted from somewhere (possibly, though not necessarily, the Dion. Hal. quotation given below).
[2] Procopius, History of the Wars of Justinian 1.15.14-15 (web address 1), on the 530 CE battle between the cavalry of Mihr-Mihroe's (Mermeroes in Greek, cf. mu 637) Persian army and the Roman cavalry under Sittas (cf. sigma 492) near the city of Satala (present-day Sadak, Gümüşhane Province, Turkey; Barrington Atlas map 56 grid G4); cf. Kaldellis (38).
[3] Quotation unidentifiable; again at epsilon 1617.
[4] Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Roman Antiquities 9.13.1.
[5] A scholiast to Aristophanes, Frogs 970. On Theramenes see generally kappa 1909 and theta 342.
A. Kaldellis, ed. and H.B. Dewing, trans., Prokopios: The Wars of Justinian, (Indianapolis 2014)
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Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; politics
Translated by: George Pesely on 22 October 2000@20:13:03.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keywords; cosmetics) on 13 February 2001@07:46:02.
David Whitehead (augmented keywords) on 28 February 2003@09:26:05.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 9 January 2012@08:13:04.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.2, added bibliography, added cross-references, added keyword) on 24 November 2023@12:22:53.


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