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Headword: *skopw=n
Adler number: sigma,664
Translated headword: examining, looking into
Vetting Status: high
Meaning [someone] distinguishing accurately and carefully concerning whatever [someone] makes one's examination about.[1]
Also [sc. attested is the adjective] a)/skopos, ['invisible'] [meaning] that of which there is no trace.[2]
"Ah, greatly daring was the wax that modeled the invisible incorporeal archangel [sc. Michael], in the form of a shape!"[3]
Greek Original:
*skopw=n: a)nti\ tou= a)kribw=s kai\ e)pimelw=s katameri/zwn, peri\ ou(= a)\n th\n ske/yin poih=|. kai\ *)/askopos, ou(= mh\ e)/sti tu/pos. a)/skopon, a)ggeli/arxon, a)sw/maton, ei)/dei+ morfh=s a)= me/ga tolmh/eis khro\s a)nepla/sato.
[1] From a scholion on Aristophanes, Clouds 742 (web address 1), where the headword participle occurs, although the scholiast's comments pertain more directly to another participle occurring in the same line, diai/rwn ('distinguishing', 'analysing').
[2] On this adjective, derived from the same verb (skope/w, 'look', 'examine') as the headword, see generally LSJ a)/skopos A, to be distinguished in this context from a)/skopos B ('aimless'), which is derived from the noun skopo/s ('aim', 'purpose') (web address 2).
[3] Greek Anthology 1.34.1-2 (Agathias Scholasticus, 6th century AD); see also alpha 1a and mu 389.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: art history; Christianity; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; philosophy; poetry; religion; science and technology
Translated by: Marcelo Boeri on 17 May 2009@20:28:22.
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