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Headword: Ἀπραγμάτευτον
Adler number: alpha,3680
Translated headword: impracticable
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] inconceivable.
"Then, fearing [to attempt] the impracticable, since their land was poor, and being shut off en masse from every marketplace, they ran the risk of being destroyed in an instant."[1]
Greek Original:
Ἀπραγμάτευτον: ἀνεπινόητον. δείσαντες οὖν τὸ ἀπραγμάτευτον, λυπρᾶς οὔσης αὐτῶν τῆς γῆς, καὶ πάσης ἀθρόον ἀγορᾶς διακλεισθέντες, ἐν ἀκαρεῖ χρόνῳ ἐκινδύνευον διαφθαρῆναι.
Notes:
The headword is either masculine accusative singular or neuter nominative/accusative singular of this adjective; the latter if (as is reasonable to suppose) it is extracted from the quotation which follows.
[1] This passage, Polybius fr. 120 Büttner-Wobst, perhaps via Aelian, reappears in various forms at delta 584, epsilon 254, and epsilon 1102. Büttner-Wobst notes (p. 530) that Toup attributed the fragment to Polybius, but that, after Schweighäuser, it has been universally rejected. For a full study and reconstruction of the fragment, attributing it to book 30 of Diodorus Siculus, see Favuzzi (below).
References:
T. Büttner-Wobst, ed., Polybii Historiae, vol. IV, (Leipzig 1904)
Andrea Favuzzi, "Il tesoro della Suda. Osservazioni su due frammenti anonimi", Annali della Facolta di Lettere e Filosofia di Bari 50 (2007) 61-65
Keywords: agriculture; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; historiography; history
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 11 June 2001@01:13:00.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword and translation; augmented note; added keyword) on 11 June 2001@04:26:16.
David Whitehead (added keyword) on 23 August 2002@04:01:42.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 22 February 2006@01:07:14.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 22 February 2006@03:14:48.
David Whitehead (augmented n.2, with bibliography) on 8 July 2009@05:29:54.
Catharine Roth (tweak) on 16 February 2011@19:46:04.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 9 April 2012@06:46:59.
David Whitehead on 30 August 2015@05:18:03.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.1, added bibliographical entry) on 1 August 2018@21:45:08.

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