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Headword: *)ape/raton
Adler number: alpha,3035
Translated headword: endless
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning something] infinite, great, of which there is no end [pe/ras]. Those who write it with the nu are in error.[1] Aristophanes in Clouds [writes]: "the business of the nights [is] almost endless."[2]
And elsewhere: "Chosroes manifestly broke the so-called endless peace."[3]
Greek Original:
*)ape/raton: a)/peiron, me/ga, ou(= pe/ras ou)k e)/stin. oi( de\ meta\ tou= n gra/fontes a(marta/nousin. *)aristofa/nhs *nefe/lais: to\ xrh=ma tw=n nuktw=n o(/son a)pe/raton. kai\ au)=qis: o( de\ *xosro/hs th\n a)pe/ranton kaloume/nhn ei)rh/nhn lamprw=s pare/lusen.
The headword, neuter singular of this adjective, is extracted from the first quotation given.
[1] A robust position, but LSJ s.v. a)pe/rantos shows that many did not share it.
[2] Aristophanes, Clouds 2-3 (web address 1 below; modern editors punctuate after o(/son; for this see again at chi 474), with scholion.
[3] Procopius, History of the Wars of Justinian 2.5.1; again at lambda 100.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; historiography; history
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 29 January 2001@10:32:45.
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