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Headword: Akras nuktos
Adler number: alpha,957
Translated headword: at dead of night
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] around the onset of sleep. "For at dead of night, when evening watch-fires no longer burned, that man [took up a sword]." When the evening [sc. watch-fires] would not show forth any longer, or when the lanterns had been extinguished. For then [is] a time of conspiracy and mugging.
Greek Original:
Akras nuktos: peri prôton hupnon. keinos gar akras nuktos, hênich' hesperoi lamptêres ouket' êithon. hote ouk ephainon eti hoi hesperioi, ê hote esbesthêsan hoi luchnoi. kairos gar epiboulês kai epitheseôs tote.
Sophocles, Ajax 285 (web address 1 below), with comment from the scholia there; cf. lambda 103.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: daily life; definition; ethics; politics; tragedy
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 22 March 2001@21:56:16.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keyword; cosmetics) on 4 June 2002@10:07:11.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 4 June 2002@10:08:19.
Catharine Roth (updated link) on 19 October 2011@00:15:07.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 19 October 2011@03:29:16.
David Whitehead on 17 May 2015@10:22:22.


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