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Headword: *)api/qanon
Adler number: alpha,3204
Translated headword: unbelievable, unconvincing
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] untrustworthy.[1]
Also [sc. attested is the related verb] a)pi/qhsan ["they disobeyed"] [spelled] with iota,[2] from the [verb] piqw= [which is] perispomenon.[3]
"Whom oak trees did not disobey, and the lifeless rock followed."[4]
Greek Original:
*)api/qanon: a)/piston. kai\ *)api/qhsan de\ dia\ tou= i, a)po\ tou= piqw= perispwme/nou. w(=| dru/es ou)k a)pi/qhsan, o(/tw| su\n a(/m' e(/speto pe/trh a)/yuxos.
[1] Same glossing in other lexica. The headword is either masculine accusative singular or neuter nominative/accusative singular of this adjective. Either way, it must be quoted from somewhere; there are numerous possibilities.
[2] The point about the spelling differentiates it, implicitly, from the ei versions of the verb; cf. alpha 3116, alpha 3117. Besides the epigram about to be quoted, see Homer, Odyssey 23.369.
[3] That is, it has a circumflex accent on the final syllable; we call it a contract verb.
[4] Greek Anthology 7.9.3-4. From an epitaph for Orpheus by Damagetos (Damagetus); cf. Gow and Page, vol. I (77) and vol. II (224-225). The verses were copied from here to alpha 3117; see further excerpts from this epigram at alpha 864, kappa 1843, and pi 2515.
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. I, (Cambridge 1965)
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. II, (Cambridge 1965)
Keywords: botany; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; imagery; mythology; poetry
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 10 June 2000@01:01:38.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 16 March 2001@09:12:20.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 20 August 2002@03:32:49.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; betacode and other cosmetics) on 30 March 2012@07:17:52.
Catharine Roth (expanded note 2) on 31 March 2012@13:21:21.
David Whitehead (augmented and expanded notes; another keyword; cosmetics) on 17 August 2015@11:50:00.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.4, added bibliography, added cross-references) on 4 February 2019@00:24:37.


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