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Headword: Σκοπῶν
Adler number: sigma,664
Translated headword: examining, looking into
Vetting Status: high
Meaning [someone] distinguishing accurately and carefully concerning whatever [someone] makes one's examination about.[1]
Also [sc. attested is the adjective] ἄσκοπος , ['invisible'] [meaning] that of which there is no trace.[2]
"Ah, greatly daring was the wax that modeled the invisible incorporeal archangel [sc. Michael], in the form of a shape!"[3]
Greek Original:
Σκοπῶν: ἀντὶ τοῦ ἀκριβῶς καὶ ἐπιμελῶς καταμερίζων, περὶ οὗ ἂν τὴν σκέψιν ποιῇ. καὶ Ἄσκοπος, οὗ μὴ ἔστι τύπος. ἄσκοπον, ἀγγελίαρχον, ἀσώματον, εἴδεϊ μορφῆς ἆ μέγα τολμήεις κηρὸς ἀνεπλάσατο.
[1] From a scholion on Aristophanes, Clouds 742 (web address 1), where the headword participle occurs, although the scholiast's comments pertain more directly another participle occuring in the same line, διαίρων ('distinguishing', 'analysing').
[2] On this adjective, derived from the same verb (σκοπέω , 'look', 'examine') as the headword, see generally LSJ ἄσκοπος A, to be distinguished in this context from ἄσκοπος B ('aimless'), which is derived from the noun σκοπός ('aim', 'purpose') (web address 2).
[3] Greek Anthology 1.34.1-2 (Agathias Scholasticus, 6th century AD); see also alpha 1a and mu 389.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: art history; Christianity; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; philosophy; poetry; religion; science and technology
Translated by: Marcelo Boeri on 17 May 2009@20:28:22.
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