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Headword: Ἐπείρα
Adler number: epsilon,2132
Translated headword: was making an attempt
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning he/she/it] was accosting shamefully.[1]
Astydameia fell in love with Peleus the son of Aiakos, but he refused her. She, fearing that he would accuse her, claimed more cleverly than truthfully that Peleus was making an attempt at her, saying ...[2]
"He was making an attempt by sending money as bait for corruption."[3]
Greek Original:
Ἐπείρα: αἰσχρῶς προσέβαλλεν. Ἀστυδάμεια ἠράσθη Πηλέως τοῦ Αἰακοῦ, ὁ δὲ ἀναίνεται. ἡ δὲ φοβηθεῖσα μὴ κατείπῃ αὐτῆς, σοφώτερα ἢ ἀληθέστερα λέγει, ὅτι αὐτὴν ἐπείρα ὁ Πηλεύς, εἰποῦσα ... ἐπείρα χρήματα πέμπων τῆς διαφθορᾶς δέλεαρ.
Notes:
[1] Likewise in other lexica, including Photius (epsilon1400) and Lexica Segueriana 227.8. For this meaning of the verb, cf. pi 1452. Its third person singular imperfect, here, is illustrated by the quotation given below but probably not generated by it. Theodoridis on Photius s.v. suggests Pindar, Nemeans 5.30, or (less probably in his view) Lucian. There are in fact other extant possibilities too.
[2] A similarly-worded anecdote about Peleus is recounted at alpha 4309, where the name of the woman is given as Atalante rather than Astydameia. That version is clearly derived from a quotation of Nicolaus of Damascus (FGrH 90 F55) in Constantine Porphyrogenitus' Excerpta de virtutibus 340.23 - 341.5, wherein the woman is referred to only as "the wife of Akastos". Cf. also alpha 809, upsilon 708; and kappa 1035.
[3] Iamblichus, Babyloniaca fr. 64 Habrich.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; gender and sexuality; historiography; history; mythology; poetry; women
Translated by: William Hutton on 21 May 2007@08:11:28.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 21 May 2007@08:19:02.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 23 March 2011@10:57:21.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1; another keyword; cosmetics) on 8 October 2012@06:00:49.
David Whitehead (coding) on 24 January 2016@09:22:32.

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