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Headword: Ξυνθήματα
Adler number: xi,144
Translated headword: tokens, agreements
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] remembrances. Sophocles [writes]: "[...] where lie the trusty tokens of Theseus and Pirithous",[1] [i.e. the ones] which they made to each other concerning the descent into Hades.[2]
And elsewhere: "the army acclaimed this man emperor as if by an agreement."[3]
"The shout [came] not from a single agreement but intermittently and not in harmony."[4]
Greek Original:
Ξυνθήματα: ὑπομνήματα. Σοφοκλῆς: οὗ τὰ Θησέως Πειρίθου τε κεῖται πιστὰ ξυνθήματα, ἃ ἔθεντο πρὸς ἀλλήλους περὶ τῆς εἰς ᾅδου καταβάσεως. καὶ αὖθις: ὥσπερ ἀπὸ ξυνθήματος αὐτοκράτορα τοῦτον ἐπευφήμησεν ὁ στρατός. οὐκ ἀφ' ἑνὸς ξυνθήματος, ἀλλὰ διεσπασμένως καὶ οὐκ εἰς ἓν ξυμβαίνουσαν τὴν βοήν.
For the neuter headword, here plural, cf. sigma 1590.
[1] Sophocles, Oedipus Coloneus 1593-1594 (with comment from the scholia there). The text given here is metrically wrong; mss have "always" after "trusty" (πίστ' ἀεί ). See web address 1.
[2] For this episode cf. lambda 604 (and pi 1168).
[3] Quotation unidentifiable.
[4] Quotation unidentifiable.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; history; military affairs; mythology; politics; tragedy
Translated by: James L. P. Butrica ✝ on 21 February 2000@12:43:24.
Vetted by:
Anne Mahoney (note that the quote doesn't match the usual text) on 25 June 2000@11:16:05.
Catharine Roth (supplied headword translation and link) on 9 January 2002@23:24:26.
David Whitehead (added notes and keyword; cosmetics) on 10 January 2002@03:10:36.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics; raised status) on 16 September 2007@10:00:15.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 19 June 2013@08:32:54.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 21 July 2013@23:35:16.


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