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Headword: *)ai/+ssousin
Adler number: alpha,691
Translated headword: they dart
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] they rush,[1] they flit.
Polybius [writes]:[2] "for in Rome Marcus Porcius[3] when he heard of the prowess of Scipio,[4] when another man said to him "what have you heard?" said "he alone has his wits about him, the others dart like shadows."[5]
Greek Original:
*)ai/+ssousin: o(rmw=si, foitw=si. *polu/bios: e)n ga\r th=| *(rw/mh| *ma/rkon *po/rkion a)kou/santa ta\s a)ristei/as *skipi/wnos ei)pei=n pa/lin a)/llon pro\s e)kei=non: ti/ a)kh/koas; ei)pei=n oi)=os pe/pnutai, toi\ de\ skiai\ a)i/+ssousin.
cf. alpha 687 and the other cross-references there.
[1] From the scholia to Homer, Iliad 11.553, where the headword occurs (web address 1 below); cf. alpha 4349, eta 147.
[2] Polybius 36.8.7. The syntax of the sentence that follows is confused and may not represent Polybius's original wording. See F.W. Walbank, A Historical Commentary on Polybius, iii (Oxford 1979) 662-3.
[3] Cato the Elder (kappa 1113).
[4] Aemilianus.
[5] A reference to Homer, Odyssey 10.494f.: "to him [Teiresias] alone Persephone granted the privilege of retaining his wits; the others flit like shadows." [web address 2 below] The anecdote is also attested at Diodorus Siculus 32.9a.2; Livy, epitome 49; Plutarch, Moralia 200A; 804f-805A; and cf. kappa 1113.
Associated internet addresses:
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Web address 2
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; geography; historiography; history; imagery; military affairs
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 27 January 2000@21:11:41.
Vetted by:
Gregory Hays (Revised translation; added notes.) on 15 November 2000@21:50:40.
Gregory Hays on 15 November 2000@21:52:32.
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Catharine Roth (cosmetics, cross-references) on 15 July 2006@23:29:38.
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Jennifer Benedict (added links) on 18 March 2008@11:07:23.
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