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Headword: *metacu/
Adler number: mu,720
Translated headword: amid, amidst, in the midst of
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] still/yet, not very long from now.[1]
"Alexander, amidst drinking and having become overheated by the alcohol, got into an argument with Kleitos, snatched a spear from one of the spear carriers and drove it through the (?)flank of Kleitos, as if on impulse."[2]
And elsewhere: "rage took hold of him, in the midst of drinking, toward one who at that time was a drinking-companion, but an accomplice in the murders."[3]
Greek Original:
*metacu/: e)/ti, ou) pro\ pollou=. o( de\ *)ale/candros metacu\ pi/nwn kai\ a)naflexqei\s u(po\ th=s me/qhs pro\s e)/rin h)=lqe pro\s *klei=ton kai\ lo/gxhn a(rpa/sas para/ tou tw=n dorufo/rwn dih/lase tou= *klei/tou th\n lo/gxhn, w(/sper oi)strhqei/s. kai\ au)=qis: e)ca/ptetai de\ au)tw=| metacu\ pi/nonti o)rgh\ pro/s tina sumpo/thn me\n to/te, koinwno\n de\ tw=n fo/nwn.
[1] For this adverb (and preposition) see already mu 719.
[2] For Alexander, see generally alpha 1121 (etc.). "Black" Kleitos does not have his own Suda entry; kappa 1768 is a homonym. As regards this quotation, it has been recently studied by Andrea Favuzzi ('Alessandro e Clito', Histos 8 (2014) 320-9, who: (1) proposes the attractive emendation 'flank' (lapa/rhn) for the transmitted, repeated lo/gxhn; (2) endorses and develops Bernhardy's view that the quotation is continued by one which appears under omicroniota 178 (q.v.); and (3) finds both linguistic and substantive grounds for attributing the consolidated result to Aelian.
[3] Quotation unidentifiable. (Adler attributes it to Aelian.)
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; food; historiography; history; law; military affairs
Translated by: William Hutton on 30 June 2009@10:29:56.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, cross-references, status) on 30 June 2009@16:14:24.
David Whitehead (augmented n.2; another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 2 July 2009@03:07:25.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 17 May 2013@08:07:32.
David Whitehead on 17 May 2013@08:07:47.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; augmented n.2) on 19 August 2014@11:40:20.


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