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Headword: Apolabontes
Adler number: alpha,3375
Translated headword: having intercepted
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning they] having cut off. "Having intercepted the army in the narrow and inaccessible groves they compelled them to come into shameful treaties."[1]
And Josephus [writes]: "having pursued the enemy they intercept them in a ravine and kill them all."[2]
And elsewhere: "for the place was pleasing to both sides, to the one because it was where they had intercepted the Romans and released them under the terms of a treaty, [and hence the place served] as a sign of what services had been done."[3]
Greek Original:
Apolabontes: enapokleisantes. hoi de tên stratian aulôsi stenois kai dusembolois apolabontes es diallagas elthein aischras ênankasan. kai Iôsêpos: diôxantes apolambanousi tous polemious en koilôi chôriôi kai pantas kteinousi. kai authis: to gar chôrion amphoterois êrese, tôi men hoti apolabontes es auto tous Rhômaious hupospondous aphêkan, pros endeixin hôn euergetênto.
The headword participle is perhaps (though not demonstrably) extracted from the first quotation given.
[1] Quotation (transmitted, in Adler's view, via the Excerpta Constantini Porphyrogeniti) unidentifiable.
[2] Adler queried this attribution, but C. Theodoridis in his Photius edition (vol.II p.LXXXVIII) identifies the passage in question as an approximation of Antiquities of the Jews 5.227.
[3] Cassius Dio 62.23.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; geography; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 31 March 2001@12:48:16.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (Modified translation, set status) on 1 April 2001@12:13:50.
David Whitehead (added notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 21 August 2002@05:07:18.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 9 February 2011@08:00:34.
David Whitehead (modified and expanded n.2) on 11 October 2011@06:18:35.
Catharine Roth (coding, expanded note) on 19 February 2012@11:25:58.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 3 April 2012@05:43:11.
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