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Headword: *)anenno/hton
Adler number: alpha,2273
Translated headword: inconceivable, without conception
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] untaught, unversed, unpracticed.
"It is not necessary to face danger and dice with death, [a course of action] without conception of battle and how barbarians behave."[1]
Or a)nenno/htoi, [meaning those] having no understanding about this.
Polybius [writes]: "the generals were without conception of all of these things."[2]
Greek Original:
*)anenno/hton: a)di/dakton, a)mele/thton, a)na/skhton. ou) dei= paraba/llesqai kai\ kubeu/ein tw=| bi/w|, to\ para/pan a)nenno/hton o)/nta th=s ma/xhs kai\ th=s barbarikh=s xrei/as. h)\ *)anenno/htoi, mhdemi/an e)/nnoian peri\ tou/tou e)/xontes. *polu/bios: pa/ntwn de\ h)=san tou/twn oi( strathgoi\ a)nenno/htoi.
The primary headword (masculine accusative singular or neuter nominative/accusative singular of this adjective) is perhaps, though not demonstrably, extracted from the first quotation given.
[1] Polybius fr. 6 Büttner-Wobst; see already under alpha 1312; cf. also kappa 2591, kappa 2602 and note 7. Büttner-Wobst compares (p. 514) this fragment with Polybius 35.5.1 (web address 1). In this context, Publius Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus Africanus (185/4-129 BCE; cf. OCD(4) p.381) contemplates (151 BCE) engaging a barbarian foe at Intercatia (central Spain, Barrington Atlas map 24 grid F3) in individual combat (Walbank, p. 745; cf. epsilon 1245 and n.2 thereto).
[2] Polybius 11.8.3; see again under sigma 1168.
T. Büttner-Wobst, ed., Polybii Historiae, vol. IV, (Leipzig 1904)
F.W. Walbank, A Historical Commentary on Polybius, vol. III, (Oxford 1979)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 20 June 2000@12:51:17.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 7 March 2001@10:26:58.
Robert Dyer (cosmetics) on 3 March 2002@11:53:19.
David Whitehead (added keyword) on 6 August 2002@03:10:01.
David Whitehead (added primary note and more keywords; betacoding and other cosmetics) on 4 March 2012@07:02:13.
David Whitehead on 14 July 2015@02:51:29.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.1, added link, added bibliography, added keyword) on 19 June 2018@21:41:35.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.1, correcting my egregious historical error; added to bibliography; added map reference) on 21 June 2018@00:23:19.
Ronald Allen (added cross-reference) on 21 June 2018@00:42:50.
Ronald Allen (removed link) on 21 June 2018@00:47:09.


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