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Headword: *mesiteu/ein
Adler number: mu,660
Translated headword: to lie on deposit
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to lie in the middle.[1] "They arranged for the money to lie on deposit in Cyprus, where[2] he would be well thought-of".[3]
Greek Original:
*mesiteu/ein: a)name/son kei=sqai. ta\ de\ xrh/mata mesiteu/ein e)n *ku/prw| suneta/canto, par' oi(=s a)\n au)to\s eu)dokhqh=|.
[1] See LSJ s.v. for the range of meanings (transitive and intransitive) of this verb; and cf. mu 661.
[2] Literally 'amongst whom' (as if the antecedent was 'with the Cypriots').
[3] Polybius fr. 183 Büttner-Wobst; context (and individuals) unidentifiable. Büttner-Wobst notes (538) that this fragment was attributed to Polybius by Iacobus Geel (Jacob Geel, 1789-1862). Büttner-Wobst also points out (ibid.) that the fragment's use of the present active infinitive mesiteu/ein (to be lying on deposit) of the verb mesiteu/w (I act as arbiter) suggests that an instance -- indeed its sole attestation -- of the future active infinitive mesiteu/sein at Polybius 29.8.7 (web address 1) offers plausible support for the fragment's attribution to Polybius. Finally, Büttner-Wobst accepts Portus's (Emilio Porto, 1550-1614/1615) emendation of the fragment, reading au)toi=s for the Suda's au)to/s: where it would be well-cared-for by themselves. Albeit with an interpretation that runs counter to this, Walbank accepts the fragment. He references the LSJ entry governing the infinitive (s.v. mesiteu/w, II (web address 2)), and notes (754) that as it pertains to this fragment, the use is intransitive; this implies that, once deposited, the money should lie "in neutral hands" (ibid.).
T. Büttner-Wobst, ed., Polybii Historiae, vol. IV, (Leipzig 1904)
F.W. Walbank, A Historical Commentary on Polybius, vol. III, (Oxford 1979)
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; ethics; geography; historiography; history
Translated by: David Whitehead on 9 January 2009@03:51:34.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (corrected cross-reference, set status) on 10 January 2009@19:17:45.
David Whitehead (another note) on 11 January 2009@06:45:50.
David Whitehead on 16 May 2013@07:58:29.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.3, added bibliography, added link, added keyword) on 19 November 2018@01:47:40.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.3, added bibliography entry) on 19 November 2018@17:18:36.


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