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Headword: *diokwxh/
Adler number: delta,1157
Translated headword: respite, armistice
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] cessation of time.[1]
"Having conquered them in certain battles, he even gave them the armistice they had asked for".[2]
Greek Original:
*diokwxh/: a)nakwxh\ xro/nou. e)n ma/xais tisi\n au)tou\s nikh/sas kai\ diokwxh\n ai)th/sasin e)/dwken.
Same entry in ps.-Zonaras (though only the second half of the quotation is given there).
The headword noun (LSJ entry at web address 1) is first attested in Thucydides 3.87.1, in reference to a comparative decline in virulence of the Plague (between its two severe outbreaks: 430-429 and 427 BCE). By the time Cassius Dio uses the word, four times, it has taken on the more limited sense of an armistice during military conflict.
cf. alpha 1913, alpha 1914 (and more generally alpha 1912); also delta 601 and pi 689.
[1] Similarly in Hesychius and other lexica.
[2] Quotation (transmitted, in Adler's view, via the Excerpta Constantini Porphyrogeniti) unidentifiable.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; definition; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: Kostas Zafeiris on 1 November 2003@12:13:25.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added note and keywords) on 2 November 2003@06:15:22.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; cosmetics; raised status) on 10 March 2011@04:23:31.
Catharine Roth (more cross-references) on 27 June 2011@18:44:42.
Catharine Roth (supplemented note) on 25 August 2013@21:22:30.
David Whitehead (expanded notes; cosmetics) on 11 November 2015@03:45:10.


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