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Headword: *)orqh=s de\ th=s po/lews ou)/shs e)pi\ tou/tois
Adler number: omicron,570
Translated headword: the city being on tenterhooks in these circumstances
Vetting Status: high
Meaning in a state of flux and fear. Hyperides says [this]. [Compare the phrase] "our country was on tenterhooks". Aeschines [uses it] to mean impassive and undecided.[1]
And Polybios [writes]: "when all this had been reported to the Carthaginians, the city was on tenterhooks and terrified, as it was unclear what to expect".[2]
Greek Original:
*)orqh=s de\ th=s po/lews ou)/shs e)pi\ tou/tois: a)nti\ tou= kekinhme/nhs kai\ pefobhme/nhs. *(uperi/dhs fhsi/n: o)rqh=s d' h(mi=n th=s patri/dos ou)/shs. *ai)sxi/nhs de\ a)nti\ tou= a)paqou=s kai\ a)kerai/ou. kai\ *polu/bios: tou/twn de\ prosaggelqe/ntwn toi=s *karxhdoni/ois, o)rqh\ kai\ peri/fobos h)=n h( po/lis dia\ th\n a)dhlo/thta tw=n prosdokwme/nwn.
[1] Adler misunderstood this part of the entry, and therefore led her readers astray: by declaring that nothing relevant could be found in Aeschines, and by punctuating, accordingly, with a colon after 'Hyperides says' (so as to suggest that what he said was the phrase following it). Same misleading punctuation, latterly, in Photius omicron464 Theodoridis. However, it is orthodox to regard the headword phrase itself as the quotation from Hyperides: fr.39 Jensen. To make this clear, a full stop is the preferable mark of punctuation after 'Hyperides says'; and in fact the second quotation given is Aeschines 2.163 (o)rqh=s h(mi=n th=s patri/dos ou)/shs).
[2] Polybius 36.6.2 (web address 1).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; ethics; geography; historiography; history; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 12 December 2000@07:22:17.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link and keywords, set status) on 29 January 2004@18:13:39.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 30 January 2004@02:59:10.
David Whitehead (modified and augmented first note, at the prompting of Ronald Allen) on 19 December 2007@05:53:40.
David Whitehead on 10 July 2013@03:30:00.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 11 July 2013@00:28:53.
David Whitehead on 4 September 2013@06:09:52.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 6 February 2021@17:53:39.


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