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Headword: *dia/konos
Adler number: delta,590
Translated headword: deacon, messenger
Vetting Status: high
The alpha [is] long.
"He was a clergyman, with the rank of deacon."[1]
And Philoctetes [in Sophocles says]: "but either they have died,[2] or, as I think likely, the messengers considering me unimportant hastened their voyage home."[3]
Also [sc. attested is the related verb] diak. [Used] with a dative.[4]
Greek Original:
*dia/konos: makro\n to\ a. o( de\ h)=n i(ereu/s, dia/konos th\n timh/n. kai\ *filokth/ths: a)ll' h)\ teqnh/kas', h)\ ta\ tw=n diako/nwn, w(s ei)ko\s oi)=mai, tou)mo\n e)n smikrw=| me/ros poiou/menoi, to\n oi)/kad' h)/peigon sto/lon. kai\ *diakonw=. dotikh=|.
[1] Abbreviated from Procopius, History of the Wars of Justinian 7.16.5 (web address 1); cf. Kaldellis (411). This refers to Pelagius, later Pope Pelagius I, not the earlier Pelagius who disputed with Augustine; see also alpha 1585, alpha 2155, alpha 2812, and delta 1330.
[2] The manuscripts of Sophocles (see next note) have the singular: "he has died."
[3] Sophocles, Philoctetes 497-499.
[4] Likewise in syntactical lexica.
A. Kaldellis, ed. and H.B. Dewing, trans., Prokopios: The Wars of Justinian, (Indianapolis 2014)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; Christianity; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; religion; tragedy
Translated by: Craig Gibson on 4 July 2003@14:26:23.
Vetted by:
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