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Headword: *diabhsei/ontas
Adler number: delta,506
Translated headword: wanting to cross over
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning them] being desirous of going across.[1] Agathias [writes]: "and he made towers, to hold off the Romans, who were wanting to cross over."[2]
Greek Original:
*diabhsei/ontas: e)rwtikw=s e)/xontas diabh=nai. *)agaqi/as: o( de\ pu/rgous e)poi/hsen, a)peru/kein tou\s *(rwmai/ous diabhsei/ontas.
[1] A desiderative participle, derived from diabai/nw; here in the accusative plural, from the quotation to follow.
[2] An approximation of Agathias, Histories 2.4.7. While encamped on the banks of the river Casulinus (Volturnus, the present-day Volturno; about 30 km. north of Naples, Italy; Barrington Atlas map 44 grid F3) in the autumn of 554 CE, Butilinus (cf. alpha 2158 note), commanding an army of Franks (cf. phi 682, generally) and Alamanni, constructs battlements in anticipation of an engagement with Roman forces under the Byzantine general Narses (nu 42); cf. Frendo (36), sigma 257, and phi 700.
J.D. Frendo, trans., Agathias: The Histories, (Berlin 1975)
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; science and technology
Translated by: Nicholas Wilshere on 9 November 2004@16:31:12.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added note and keyword, set status) on 10 November 2004@00:40:45.
David Whitehead (augmented and modified notes; added note number and other cosmetics) on 10 November 2004@03:13:58.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 10 November 2004@11:24:06.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 27 June 2012@05:38:23.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.2, added bibliography, added cross-references, added keyword) on 16 October 2023@12:19:32.
Ronald Allen (added cross-references n.2) on 9 December 2023@11:28:30.


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