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Headword: Alogistia
Adler number: alpha,1312
Translated headword: thoughtlessness
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[sc. The term occurs] in Polybius.[1]
"More began to resist, with some of them saying that running risks and dicing with death[2] was thoughtlessness, others that it was insanity."[3]
And again: "but the human race makes mistakes no less on account of its thoughtlessness than on account of its nature."[4]
Greek Original:
Alogistia: para Polubiôi. hoi de pleiones antepipton, hôn hoi men alogistian, hoi de manian ephasan einai to paraballesthai kai kubeuein tôi biôi. kai authis: to de tôn anthrôpôn genos ouch hêtton dia tên alogistian ê dia tên phusin hamartanein.
Notes:
[1] See already alpha 1309.
[2] The Greek actually says "dicing with life". See also alpha 2273, kappa 2591, kappa 2602 and note 7, and the similar idea at epsilon 695. For the proverb "The die is cast" in military situations see alpha 2310, epsilon 3013.
[3] Polybius fr. 6 B├╝ttner-Wobst; see also kappa 894.
[4] Polybius 18.15.16 (abridged, web address 1).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; ethics; historiography; history; imagery
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 31 May 2000@13:27:59.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword and translation; added notes and keyword; cosmetics) on 2 February 2001@11:06:08.
Robert Dyer (cross references. Raised status) on 3 March 2002@11:47:49.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference and keywords) on 21 August 2008@00:13:16.
David Whitehead on 11 June 2015@08:28:47.
Ronald Allen (added link, cosmetics) on 23 April 2018@22:49:47.

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