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Headword: Ὑπερακοντίζεις σύ γ' ἤδη Νικίαν
Adler number: upsilon,217
Translated headword: you are now out-shooting Nikias
Vetting Status: high
[...Nikias], the one serving as general with machines and stratagems. Symmachos[1] [says]: for the siege of Melos. Phrynichus in Monotropos [says]: "no, he has far out-shot Nikias in quantity of generalship and in inventions".[2] Or because he very shrewdly captured Melos by means of famine.
Greek Original:
Ὑπερακοντίζεις σύ γ' ἤδη Νικίαν, τὸν στρατηγοῦντα μηχαναῖς καὶ τοῖς στρατηγήμασι. Σύμμαχος: πρὸς τὴν Μήλου πολιορκίαν. Φρύνιχος Μονοτρόπῳ: ἀλλ' ὑπερβέβληκε πολὺ τὸν Νικίαν, στρατηγίας πλήθει καὶ εὑρήμασιν. ἢ ὅτι φρονιμώτατα Μηλίους λιμῷ ἀνεῖλεν.
Aristophanes, Birds 363, with comment from the scholia there.
For this verb, strictly speaking of javelins, see also upsilon 218. For Nikias see generally nu 389. As Dunbar (below) 195-6 and 276 notes, there is in fact no reliable evidence connecting him with the recent Athenian blockade of the small Aegean island of Melos (416-15 BCE), immortalized in Thucydides 5.84ff.
[1] cf. alpha 1488, etc.
[2] Phrynichus fr. 22 Kock, now 23 K.-A.
Aristophanes, Birds, edited with introduction and commentary by Nan Dunbar (Oxford 1995)
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Translated by: David Whitehead on 6 December 2002@10:19:41.
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