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Headword: *trane/s
Adler number: tau,905
Translated headword: clear; clarity
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning something that is] plain. "For we know nothing clear, but we are floundering."[1]
And elsewhere: "they made the search with a view to clarity."[2]
[Note] that sight is clearer than hearing; and see under 'five senses'.[3]
Greek Original:
*trane/s: safe/s. i)/smen ga\r ou)de\n trane/s, a)ll' a)lw/meqa. kai\ au)=qis: e)s to\ trane\s th\n e)/reunan e)poih/santo. o(/ti traneste/ra h( o)/yis th=s a)koh=s: kai\ zh/tei e)n tw=| ai)sqh/seis pe/nte.
The headword, extracted from the first quotation given (but also illustrated by the second), is neuter singular of this adjective; cf. Hesychius tau1245, Synagoge tau235, Photius tau416 Theodoridis (identifying tragedy as the source: see next note), and, more remotely, Hesychius tau1248.
[1] Sophocles, Ajax 23 (web address 1), with scholion.
[2] Theophylact Simocatta, Histories 2.5.11; more fully in phi 194. Here the neuter singular form of the adjective ('clear') is used as an abstract substantive ('clarity'), as is normal in Greek.
[3] From alphaiota 326, where the quotation excerpted here is part of a longer quotation from John Philoponus' Commentary on Aristotle's De anima.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; history; medicine; philosophy; science and technology; tragedy
Translated by: David Whitehead on 23 February 2014@06:50:56.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (augmented notes, raised status) on 23 February 2014@12:53:08.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 24 February 2014@01:23:11.
David Whitehead (expanded primary note; raised status) on 24 February 2014@03:01:45.
David Whitehead on 29 May 2016@05:22:01.
Catharine Roth (added a link) on 24 September 2022@18:49:52.


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