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Headword: Ἀπόνοια
Adler number: alpha,3460
Translated headword: senselessness
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] folly, insolence.[1]
Procopius [writes]: "those being wronged are accustomed to turn to senselessness",[2] as the Blues when they suffered at the hands of Justinian. "And first the [styles] of the factions concerning their hair were adapted to new fashion. For they did not cut it at all as the others did. They did not attend to their moustaches or beards at all, but they wished to grow it out forever, as long as possible, just like the Persians. But the hair on their heads in the front they cut up to their temples; the hair in back they allowed to hang down to a great length for no reason, just like the Massagetae. Wherefore this very style was called 'Hunnic'. And they thought their cloaks should be finely-bordered."[3]
And elsewhere Julian [writes]: "not to foresee what is possible and what is impossible in matters is a sign of the utmost senselessness."[4]
Greek Original:
Ἀπόνοια: ἄνοια, ὕβρις. Προκόπιος: ἀδικούμενοι εἰώθασιν εἰς ἀπόνοιαν τρέπεσθαι οἱ ἄνθρωποι, ὅπερ ἔπαθον καὶ οἱ Βένετοι ἐπὶ Ἰουστινιανοῦ. καὶ πρῶτα μὲν τοῖς στασιώταις τὰ ἀμφὶ τὴν κόμην ἐς νεώτερόν τινα παραβέβληται τρόπον. ἀπεκείροντο γὰρ αὐτὴν οὐδὲν ὁμοίως τοῖς ἄλλοις. τοῦ μὲν γὰρ μύστακος καὶ τοῦ γενείου οὐδαμῆ ἥπτοντο, ἀλλ' αὐτὸν κατακομᾶν ἐπὶ πλεῖστον ὥσπερ οἱ Πέρσαι ἐς ἀεὶ ἤθελον. τῶν δὲ ἐν τῇ κεφαλῇ τριχῶν τὰ ἔμπροσθεν ἄχρι ἐς τοὺς κροτάφους ἀποτεμνόμενοι, τὰ ὄπισθεν ἀποκρέμασθαί σφισιν ἐπὶ μακρότατον λόγῳ οὐδενὶ εἴων, ὡς οἱ Μασσαγέται. διὸ καὶ Οὐννικὸν ἐκαλεῖτο τὸ αὐτὸ εἶδος. καὶ τὰ ἱμάτια εὐπάρυφα ἠξίουν εἶναι. καὶ αὖθις Ἰουλιανός: τὸ μὴ προιδέσθαι τό τε δυνατὸν καὶ τὸ ἀδύνατον ἐν πράγμασι τῆς ἐσχάτης ἀπονοίας ἐστὶ σημεῖον.
[1] Likewise in other lexica.
[2] Procopius, Secret History 7.5-6.
[3] Procopius, Secret History 7.8-11; cf. gamma 142, epsilon 3640.
[4] Julian, Epistles fr.165a.
Keywords: biography; clothing; definition; ethics; geography; historiography; history; philosophy
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 30 June 2001@17:42:58.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note; added keywords; cosmetics) on 9 May 2002@10:13:31.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 14 February 2008@18:17:59.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 4 April 2012@05:35:30.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 11 July 2015@16:28:25.
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