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Headword: Ἀπεκρίθη
Adler number: alpha,2998
Translated headword: they were determined
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] they were defined.
Greek Original:
Ἀπεκρίθη: ἀφωρίσθη.
Notes:
Same entry in other lexica, and cf. also the scholia to Thucydides 2.49.1, where the headword appears -- of all other illnesses, in Athens in 430 BCE, becoming the Plague. (This is neuter plural with a singular verb, which needs translating as a plural.) For ἀποκρίνεσθαι in this and other medical senses, see LSJ s.v.
Thucydides is here using a common verb in an uncommon way. Typically of his complex thought-processes, he is compressing two ideas into one: (a) that the illnesses which beset Athenians at this time began by appearing as a variety of illnesses but all ended up as the Plague, and (b) that by so doing they were collectively a special category of illnesses.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; medicine
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 19 December 2000@01:50:26.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keywords) on 7 May 2002@09:26:57.
David Whitehead on 18 August 2002@09:29:55.
David Whitehead (modified headword and translation, for greater clarity) on 3 November 2003@04:43:32.
David Whitehead (further explanation, at a reader's request) on 5 November 2003@09:40:38.
David Whitehead (expanded note; another keyword) on 26 March 2012@07:05:57.
David Whitehead on 6 August 2015@04:52:55.

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