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Headword: Μικροῦ δεῖν
Adler number: mu,1056
Translated headword: to lack little
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] within a small amount.[1]
Also [sc. attested] without the [verb] 'to lack':[2] "[Hormisdas] [lacking] little from reversing the circumstances [...]."[3] Meaning within a bit, within a small amount.
Greek Original:
Μικροῦ δεῖν: παρὰ μικρόν. καὶ χωρὶς τοῦ δεῖν: μικροῦ τὰ πράγματα μετακινήσαντος. ἀντὶ τοῦ παρ' ὀλίγον, παρὰ μικρόν.
The entire headword phrase can function idiomatically like an adverb meaning 'almost', as at, for example, Demosthenes 27.29 (web address 1). It is composed of μικροῦ , genitive singular of μικρός , ('small'), and δεῖν , the present active infinitive of the impersonal verb δεῖ , ('there is need') or ('it is necessary').
See also mu 1055.
[1] Likewise in Photius (mu449 Theodoridis) and elsewhere; and cf. Hesychius s.v. μικροῦ (mu1345).
[2] That is, μικροῦ by itself, without the δεῖν , can mean 'almost', as is illustrated in the quotation that follows; cf. LSJ s.v. μικρός , and Smyth §1399.
[3] Eunapius fr. 34 FHG (4.27); cf. Blockley, p. 51. The same passage is quoted more extensively at mu 1048 (q.v. for further commentary), there identifying Persian proconsul Asiae Hormisdas (Hormizd; cf. mu 230 (end)) as the subject of the participial phrase (Jones, et al., s.v. Hormisdas 3, p. 443; Blockley, p. 138).
H.W. Smyth, Greek Grammar, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1956
R.C. Blockley, The Fragmentary Classicising Historians of the Later Roman Empire: Eunapius, Olympiodorus, Priscus and Malchus, vol. II, Liverpool: Francis Cairns, 1983
A.H.M. Jones, J.R. Martindale, and J. Morris The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire, vol. I, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1971
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Translated by: Ronald Allen on 8 March 2008@02:22:56.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (modified headword and translation, modified and rearranged notes, set status) on 8 March 2008@04:43:31.
David Whitehead (cosmetics; raised status) on 9 March 2008@05:35:49.
David Whitehead (another x-ref; tweaking) on 23 May 2013@06:18:42.
David Whitehead (my typo) on 23 January 2014@05:42:34.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 20 December 2014@00:58:28.


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