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Headword: Ἄβαξι
Adler number: alpha,16
Translated headword: planks, abacuses
Vetting Status: high
What we call ἀβάκια .[1] The Lawmaker [says] in the Martyrdom of Saint Thecla: "Tryphaina was overcome by suffering, and was seen lying like the dead on the slabs."[2] So he says.
Greek Original:
Ἄβαξι: τοῖς παρ' ἡμῖν λεγομένοις ἀβακίοις. ὁ Λογοθέτης ἐν τῷ τῆς ἁγίας Θέκλης μαρτυρίῳ: Τρύφαινα δὲ πάθει ληφθεῖσα νεκροῖς ὁμοία πρὸς τοῖς ἄβαξιν ὡρᾶτο κειμένη. οὕτω φησίν.
This entry occurs after alpha 17 in ms A (= Parisinus 2625), after alpha 9 in ms S (= Vaticanus 1296) and in the margin of ms D (Bodleianus Auct. V 52).
[1] The given form is a dative plural of ἄβαξ , ("abacus"), and the lexicographer explains it by reference to the diminutive ἀβάκιον . The primary sense is a table topped by a slab, or the slab itself; a "calculator" is a secondary meaning.
[2] Symeon Metaphrastes (also known as the Logothete ('Lawmaker')) Patrologia Graeca 115.837c. On Thecla, cf. tau 1108.
Keywords: biography; Christianity; dialects, grammar, and etymology; gender and sexuality; history; mathematics; religion; science and technology; women
Translated by: Anne Mahoney on 22 August 1998@12:53:59.
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William Hutton (Modified translation and notes, added keywords, raised status) on 18 January 2001@09:46:37.
Catharine Roth (modified translation, augmented note) on 7 November 2002@15:06:33.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 7 November 2002@15:08:44.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 9 November 2005@09:20:27.
Catharine Roth (added keyword) on 6 September 2006@23:44:05.
William Hutton (modified headword and translation, augmented notes, set status) on 24 August 2007@09:36:45.
William Hutton on 24 August 2007@09:42:51.
Jennifer Benedict (tweaks) on 24 March 2008@23:50:31.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 18 December 2011@10:35:22.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 7 February 2015@23:44:46.

Headword: Ἀθήλυντον
Adler number: alpha,725
Translated headword: unwomanish
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning someone or something] inflexible, hard.
Greek Original:
Ἀθήλυντον: ἀδάμαστον, σκληρόν.
Same entry in Photius and elsewhere. The headword, masculine/feminine accusative singular or neuter nominative/singular of this two-termination adjective, must be quoted from somewhere; extant possibilities are all late.
Besides the literal meaning there is also an applied one, in Pythagorean mathematical literature: an odd number; see LSJ s.v. at web address 1 below.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; gender and sexuality; imagery; mathematics; women
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 4 December 1999@15:33:49.
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David Whitehead (modified headword; added note and keywords) on 20 May 2002@03:38:30.
Catharine Roth (changed keyword) on 29 September 2005@02:00:43.
Jennifer Benedict (added link) on 19 March 2008@14:39:48.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks) on 19 January 2012@07:03:44.
David Whitehead on 1 May 2015@09:22:53.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 2 May 2015@12:05:22.

Headword: Ἄκαινα
Adler number: alpha,826
Translated headword: akaina
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] ten-foot measure. It is a rod, by which they goad their cattle, with the Pelasgians having invented this.
Greek Original:
Ἄκαινα: μέτρον δεκάπουν. ἔστι δὲ ῥάβδος, δι' ἧς κεντοῦσι τοὺς βόας, ὡς τῶν Πελασγῶν τοῦτο εὑρόντων.
Same or similar entry in Photius and other lexica, and cf. also the scholia to Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica 3.1323.
See already under alpha 825.
Dimensions in akainai are especially common in the technical treatises of Hero [Author, Myth](n), but see also e.g. Diodorus Siculus 20.91.4 (as conventionally restored) for square akainai.
For the Pelasgians see pi 934, and generally OCD(4) s.v. (p.1099).
Keywords: daily life; definition; mathematics; poetry; science and technology; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 27 January 2000@22:11:56.
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David Whitehead (added note and keywords; cosmetics) on 27 May 2002@09:06:22.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks) on 23 January 2012@08:35:39.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 July 2014@03:46:36.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 10 January 2015@22:52:50.
David Whitehead on 5 May 2015@11:34:11.

Headword: Ἀναξίμανδρος
Adler number: alpha,1986
Translated headword: Anaximandros, Anaximander
Vetting Status: high
Son of Praxiades, Milesian, philosopher, a relative and student and successor of Thales.[1] He first discovered an equinox and solstices and hour-indicators, and that the earth is situated in the very middle [of the universe]. He also introduced a sundial and explained the basis of all geometry. He wrote On Nature, Circuit of the Earth, and On the Fixed Bodies and Globe and some other works.
Greek Original:
Ἀναξίμανδρος, Πραξιάδου, Μιλήσιος, φιλόσοφος, συγγενὴς καὶ μαθητὴς καὶ διάδοχος Θάλητος. πρῶτος δὲ ἰσημερίαν εὗρε καὶ τροπὰς καὶ ὡρολογεῖα καὶ τὴν γῆν ἐν μεσαιτάτῳ κεῖσθαι. γνώμονά τε εἰσήγαγε καὶ ὅλως γεωμετρίας ὑποτύπωσιν ἔδειξεν. ἔγραψε Περὶ φύσεως, Γῆς περίοδον, καὶ Περὶ τῶν ἀπλανῶν καὶ Σφαῖραν καὶ ἄλλα τινά.
C6 BCE. See generally OCD(4) p.83.
[1] For whom see theta 17.
Keywords: biography; chronology; geography; mathematics; philosophy; science and technology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 12 May 2001@10:45:37.
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David Whitehead (added note, bibliography, keywords; cosmetics) on 13 May 2001@09:55:52.
Catharine Roth (added keyword) on 1 October 2005@16:24:02.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 26 February 2012@05:35:23.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 July 2014@06:03:15.

Headword: Ἀναπεμπάζειν
Adler number: alpha,2000
Translated headword: to ponder, to calculate, to count over
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to go over in the mind, to recollect. It is created from those counting continually and repeatedly with the five fingers of their hand, as if counting by fives [κατὰ πεντάδα ].[1]
Also [sc. attested is] ἀναπεμπαζόμενοι ["they pondering"], [meaning] they counting up, they reckoning.[2]
Greek Original:
Ἀναπεμπάζειν: ἀνανεοῦσθαι, ἀναμιμνήσκεσθαι. πεποίηται ἀπὸ τῶν τοῖς πέντε δακτύλοις τῆς χειρὸς συνεχὲς ἀριθμούντων καὶ ἐπαναλαμβανόντων, οἱονεὶ κατὰ πεντάδα ἀριθμούντων. καὶ Ἀναπεμπαζόμενοι, ἀναριθμούμενοι, σκεπτόμενοι.
Same entry in ps.-Zonaras; similar ones in Photius (s.v. ἀναπεμπάζεσθαι ) and Hesychius (s.v. ἀναπεμπάζει and ἀναπεμπαζόμενοι , on the second of which see below).
[1] The Aeolic form for πέντε "five" is πέμπε -- both from Indo-European *penkwe.
[2] This actual form of the present middle participle, the nominative masculine plural, occurs in (and might therefore be quoted here from) Lucian, Menippus 12. Note however that Photius s.v. cites Plato in this context, i.e. accusative ἀναπεμπαζομένους in Plato, Laws 724B.
Keywords: aetiology; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; mathematics; philosophy
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 12 October 2000@12:14:42.
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David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 29 July 2002@10:29:39.
Catharine Roth (added note) on 29 July 2002@10:43:15.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; betacoding) on 9 November 2005@09:07:30.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 26 February 2012@06:55:01.
David Whitehead on 1 July 2015@09:21:26.

Headword: Ἀξιώματα
Adler number: alpha,2828
Translated headword: axioms
Vetting Status: high
Thus Aristotle calls both the propositions requiring demonstration and the indemonstrable ones, as [is] his custom.[1]
Greek Original:
Ἀξιώματα: οὕτως λέγει Ἀριστοτέλης καὶ τὰς δεομένας ἀποδείξεως προτάσεις, καὶ τὰς ἀναποδείκτους, ὡς ἔθος αὐτῷ.
See already alpha 2827 (and cf. alpha 2825, alpha 2826).
[1] Alexander of Aphrodisias, Commentaries on Aristotle's Topica 547.21-22. In the Posterior Analytics Aristotle speaks of two types of indemonstrable propositions: (1) the axioms, i.e. those principles that a learner must already have if he or she is willing to learn any scientific discipline (An.Post. 72a17; see also Metaphysics 1005a20. These indemonstrable axioms include the general laws of thought, such as the principle of non-contradiction and the law of the excluded middle; see An.Post. 71a13-14; Met. 1005b19-20). (2) What Aristotle understands as the peculiar principles of a scientific discipline, i.e. some items that are proper to each particular science. For instance, arithmetic assumes the existence of units, geometry that of points and lines (An.Post. 76a37-76b5).
J. Barnes, Aristotle, Posterior Analytics. Translated with a Commentary (Oxford 1994)
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; mathematics; philosophy
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 29 November 2000@21:49:30.
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Catharine Roth (added note) on 16 August 2002@01:52:01.
Marcelo Boeri (Modified translation; added keywords) on 29 August 2002@01:25:13.
Marcelo Boeri (Expanded note; added bibliography) on 29 August 2002@03:08:18.
David Whitehead (augmented x-refs; cosmetics) on 14 July 2003@07:34:22.
Catharine Roth (added keyword) on 29 September 2005@11:26:32.
David Whitehead on 21 March 2012@08:27:17.
David Whitehead on 2 August 2015@06:15:18.

Headword: Ἀπαρτίαν
Adler number: alpha,2929
Translated headword: chattels, household utensils, moveables
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] temoval/baggage, fulfilment of a completion.[1]
Also [sc. attested is the adverb] ἀπαρτιζόντως ["precisely,"], [meaning] the [condition of] neither surpassing nor lacking.[2] "For a term is a word which, when analyzed, is uttered precisely."[3]
Also[4] [sc. attested is] ἀπαρτιλογία ["even number"], a number and reckoning made even [and] complete. Thus Lysias [sc. uses the word].[5] But Herodotus [in book] seven [sc. also uses the word]. Xerxes says to Pythios the Lydian: "so that the four million [staters] shall not lack seven thousand".[6]
Greek Original:
Ἀπαρτίαν: ἀποσκευὴν, τέλος ἀπαρτισμοῦ. καὶ Ἀπαρτιζόντως, τὸ μήτε ὑπερβάλλειν μήτε ἐνδεῖν. ὅρος γάρ ἐστι λόγος κατ' ἀνάλυσιν ἀπαρτιζόντως ἐκφερόμενος. καὶ Ἀπαρτιλογία, ἀπηρτισμένος καὶ πλήρης ἀριθμὸς καὶ λόγος. οὕτως Λυσίας. Ἡρόδοτος δὲ ζ#. λέγει δὲ Ξέρξης πρὸς Πύθιον τὸν Λυδόν: ἵνα μή τοι ἐπιδεεῖς ὦσιν αἱ τετρακόσιαι μυριάδες ἑπτὰ χιλιάδων.
[1] = Synagoge alpha731; Photius, Lexicon alpha2264. The headword, evidently quoted from somewhere, is in the accusative case. See also Hesychius alpha5817: ἀπαρτίαν: μετάβασιν, ἀποσκευήν, τέλος, ἀπαρτισμόν . Latte in his edition of Hesychius suggests Numbers 31:18 LXX as a source.
[2] Alexander of Aphrodisias, Commentaries on Aristotle's Topica 43.1 Wallies.
[3] Diogenes Laertius 7.60, quoting Antipater's first book On Terms; cf. alpha 1951, omicron 627.
[4] The remainder of the entry is abridged from Harpokration s.v.
[5] Lysias fr.28 Sauppe (now 33 Carey), from the lost speech In Reply to Aresandros.
[6] Herodotus 7.29.2. The noun ἀπαρτιλογίη occurs in the clause following the one quoted here. See web address 1.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; historiography; mathematics; philosophy; rhetoric
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 25 December 2000@16:06:29.
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Catharine Roth (Modified translation, added references, raised status.) on 27 December 2000@00:36:35.
David Whitehead (added note) on 27 December 2000@06:10:00.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 17 August 2002@17:55:53.
David Whitehead (added note; cosmetics) on 18 August 2002@05:52:18.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 4 July 2008@06:52:32.
David Whitehead (x-refs; cosmetics) on 25 March 2012@06:44:05.
William Hutton (tweaked and augmented note 1) on 21 August 2013@10:49:11.
David Whitehead on 3 August 2015@10:42:54.
David Whitehead on 15 August 2015@08:25:49.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 5 September 2015@23:53:00.

Headword: Ἄποσον
Adler number: alpha,3537
Translated headword: non-quantitative
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] that which is without measure.[1] But ἄπωσον [spelled] with an omega [means] repel![2]
Greek Original:
Ἄποσον: τὸ ἄμετρον. Ἄπωσον δὲ διὰ τοῦ ω μεγάλου, τὸ ἔκπεμψον.
[1] Comparably, according to Adler, in the Ambrosian Lexicon.
[2] See again at alpha 3676.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; philosophy; religion
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 3 June 2001@19:41:59.
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David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 22 August 2002@04:33:11.
David Whitehead (note; betacode and other cosmetics) on 5 April 2012@06:45:46.
David Whitehead on 29 August 2015@09:18:51.
Catharine Roth (another keyword) on 30 September 2015@01:28:55.
Catharine Roth (changed keywords) on 30 September 2015@01:37:41.

Headword: Ἀριθμῶ
Adler number: alpha,3880
Translated headword: I count
Vetting Status: high
[Used] with an accusative.[1]
Also [sc. attested is the participle] ἀριθμοῦντα ["him counting"], [meaning him] assigning. "And counting some men to the bodyguards/spear-carriers".[2]
The Pythagoreans gave a name to every number. The number adds up to ten. Ten [is] the sum of the four [numbers]. And because of this they used to call the whole number tetraktys [four-sum].[3]
Greek Original:
Ἀριθμῶ: αἰτιατικῇ. καὶ Ἀριθμοῦντα, κατατάττοντα. καὶ ἀριθμοῦντά τινας τοῖς δορυφόροις. ὅτι οἱ Πυθαγόρειοι πάντα ἀριθμὸν προσηγόρευον. ὁ δὲ ἀριθμὸς συμπληροῦται τοῖς δέκα. ὁ δὲ δέκα σύνθεσις τῶν δ#. καὶ διὰ τοῦτο τὸν ἀριθμὸν πάντα τετρακτὺν ἔλεγον.
[1] Likewise in syntactical lexica.
[2] Quotation unidentifiable.
[3] That is, 1+2+3+4=10. (This material comes from tau 394.)
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; mathematics; military affairs; philosophy; science and technology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 24 July 2001@23:32:59.
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David Whitehead (modified translation; added note and keywords; cosmetics) on 25 July 2001@04:38:01.
David Whitehead (more keywords; betacode and other cosmetics) on 12 April 2012@03:25:51.
David Whitehead on 31 August 2015@04:42:34.

Headword: Ἁρματωλία
Adler number: alpha,3971
Translated headword: chariot-driving
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the driving of chariots. "And they have been nibbling at the [sc. calendric] cycle by chariot-driving."[1] Meaning sparing the chariots themselves.
But harmatrochia ["chariot-wheel track"] [is] the furrow of the chariot. There is also hamatrochia.[2]
Greek Original:
Ἁρματωλία: ἡ τῶν ἁρμάτων ἡνιοχεία. καὶ τοῦ κύκλου παρέτραγον ὑφ' ἁρματωλίας. ἀντὶ τοῦ φειδόμενοι τῶν ἁρμάτων αὐτῶν. Ἁρματροχία δὲ ἡ ἐγχάραξις τοῦ ἅρματος. ἔστι καὶ Ἁματροχία.
[1] Aristophanes, Peace 415 (web address 1 below). The next sentence in the gloss is a scholium to this line (which would have done better to comment on e.g. the pun on ἁρματωλία and ἁμαρτωλία ("failure") and generally to explain this allusion to recent calendar reforms in Athens). Again at pi 576.
[2] As is implicit here, and already explicit at alpha 1509, the Suda regards these two words as synonyms. This was an oddly common error: see LSJ under ἁματροχία , which actually meant "driving side by side".
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: athletics; chronology; comedy; definition; mathematics; science and technology; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 30 July 2001@11:54:20.
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David Whitehead (modified translation; augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 31 July 2001@03:39:10.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 7 February 2007@05:09:15.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 12 April 2012@08:28:51.
David Whitehead on 31 August 2015@06:49:16.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 5 November 2015@23:34:20.

Headword: Ἀρουραία μάντις
Adler number: alpha,3990
Translated headword: field mantis
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to those who are sluggish and ineffectual. There is a clumsy locust, green, called a mantis, whose movements some heed and [thereby] prophesy.[1]
The aroura[2] contains 50 feet.[3]
Greek Original:
Ἀρουραία μάντις: ἐπὶ τῶν νωθρῶν καὶ ἀπράκτων. ἔστι δὲ ἀκρὶς δυσκίνητος, χλωρὰ, καλουμένη μάντις, ἧς τινες προσέχοντες ταῖς κινήσεσι μαντεύονται. ὅτι ἡ ἄρουρα ἔχει πόδας ν#.
Appendix Proverbiorum 1.40 (and elsewhere).
[1] The praying mantis (Mantis religiosa); again at mu 169.
[2] An Egyptian land-measure.
[3] cf. sigma 981.
Keywords: agriculture; daily life; ethics; geography; mathematics; proverbs; religion; science and technology; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 29 July 2001@18:13:01.
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David Whitehead (added notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 30 July 2001@06:04:54.
David Whitehead (added keyword) on 25 August 2002@07:06:37.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 12 April 2012@10:17:14.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 24 January 2014@08:42:24.
David Whitehead on 31 August 2015@07:29:27.

Headword: Ἄρτια
Adler number: alpha,4036
Translated headword: even, exact
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning things that are] fitted, complete, sound. These things are also said to be "joined" [ἄρμενα ].[1]
Also [sc. attested is the related verb] ἀρτιάζειν , [meaning] to play at odds or evens [ἄρτια ]. "We play at odds and evens with staters." Aristophanes [sc. says this].[2]
Also [sc. attested is the adverb] ἀρτιάκις ["an even number of times"].[3]
[An example of] an "even" number is 32, but an "even-odd" [ἀρτιοπέριττος ] [number is one which] when halved [turns] straight into an odd number, like 14. For the half of this [is] seven.[4]
Greek Original:
Ἄρτια: ἡρμοσμένα, τέλεια, ὑγιῆ. λέγεται δὲ ταῦτα καὶ ἄρμενα. καὶ Ἀρτιάζειν, τὸ παίζειν ἄρτια ἢ περιττά. στατῆρσι δ' ἀρτιάζομεν. Ἀριστοφάνης. καὶ Ἀρτιάκις. Ἄρτιος ἀριθμὸς ὁ λβ#, Ἀρτιοπέριττος δὲ ὁ διχοτομούμενος εὐθέως εἰς περισσὸν ἀριθμόν, οἷον ὁ τῶν ιδ#. τούτου γὰρ τὸ ἥμισυ ἑπτά.
[1] Same or similar glossing in other lexica, including Apollonius' Homeric Lexicon, and cf. also the scholia to Homer, Iliad 5.326, where this neuter plural occurs.
[2] Aristophanes, Wealth [Plutus] 816, abridged (web address 1 below); cf. sigma 1009.
[3] First in Plato, Parmenides 143E and 144A.
[4] cf. pi 1278 περισσά "odd."
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; mathematics; philosophy
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 17 August 2001@04:40:07.
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David Whitehead (added notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 17 August 2001@06:29:56.
Catharine Roth (inserted betacode, added cross-reference) on 3 June 2004@02:38:12.
Catharine Roth (changed keyword) on 29 September 2005@11:20:44.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 13 April 2012@06:12:27.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 29 March 2015@23:49:22.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 9 November 2015@00:14:27.

Headword: Χίλια
Adler number: chi,304
Translated headword: thousand
Vetting Status: high
A number.
Greek Original:
Χίλια: ὁ ἀριθμός.
Here neuter (as in alpha 104 and mu 437).
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; mathematics
Translated by: David Whitehead on 29 April 2003@08:56:40.
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Elizabeth Vandiver (Raised status) on 2 September 2003@15:58:29.
David Whitehead (x-refs) on 3 September 2003@09:36:35.
David Whitehead on 11 November 2013@08:02:56.

Headword: Χοσρόης
Adler number: chi,418
Translated headword: Chosroes, Khosrau, Khosraw
Vetting Status: high
The Persians' king. "They praise him and they wonder at his merit -- not [only] the Persians, but even some of the Romans -- since (they say) he was a lover of literature and came to mastery of our philosophy, when the Greek writings had been translated for him into the Persian language by someone. And therefore they say that he gulped down all of the Stageirite[1] even more eagerly than the Paeanian did the son of Oloros,[2] and was totally obsessed with the teachings of Plato the son of Ariston[3] and nor could the Timaeus[4] elude him, even though it is very much embellished with geometrical speculation and investigates the movements of nature, and neither could the Phaedo[5] or the Gorgias[6] [elude him], nor indeed did any other of the sophisticated and more difficult dialogues, like the Parmenides.[7] But I," Agathias says, "would never have believed that he had such an excellent education and this consummate attainment. For how would it have been possible for that purity of ancient words, free and suited and completely fit to the nature of things to have been preserved in a unrefined and discordant language? How could a man who was exalted[8] from childhood by royal pomp and a great deal of flattery, who had a very barbaric[9] lifestyle, who was always on the lookout for wars and conspiracies, how could a man who was set on such a course of life [be supposed] to derive enjoyment from and be trained in these teachings? Therefore, if one should praise him, although he was a king and a Persian, concerned with so many peoples and matters, because he nevertheless desired to enjoy literature somehow or other and to be exalted in his reputation for these things,[10] then even I myself would praise the man and consider him greater than the other barbarians. But as many as go too far in calling him 'wise' and all but superior to those who ever practiced philosophy anywhere, [saying] that he knew the principles and causes of every art and discipline ... those men would be caught straying far from the truth and following only the rumour of the masses."
Greek Original:
Χοσρόης: ὁ Περσῶν βασιλεύς. ὑμνοῦσιν αὐτὸν καὶ ἄγανται πέρα τῆς ἀξίας μὴ ὅτι οἱ Πέρσαι, ἀλλὰ καὶ ἔνιοι τῶν Ῥωμαίων, ὡς λόγων ἐραστὴν καὶ φιλοσοφίας τῆς παρ' ἡμῖν ἐς ἄκρον ἐλθόντα, μεταβεβλημένων αὐτῷ ὑπό του ἐς τὴν Περσίδα φωνὴν τῶν Ἑλληνικῶν συγγραμμάτων. καὶ τοίνυν φασίν, ὅτι δὴ ὅλον τὸν Σταγειρίτην καταπιὼν εἴη μᾶλλον ἢ ὁ ῥήτωρ ὁ Παιανιεὺς τὸν Ὀλώρου, τῶν τε Πλάτωνος τοῦ Ἀρίστωνος ἀναπέπλησται δογμάτων, καὶ οὔτε ὁ Τίμαιος αὐτὸν ἀποδράσειεν ἄν, εἰ καὶ σφόδρα γραμμικῇ θεωρίᾳ πεποίκιλται, καὶ τὰς τῆς φύσεως ἀνιχνεύει κινήσεις, οὔτε ὁ Φαίδων οὔτε ὁ Γοργίας, οὐμενοῦν οὐδὲ ἄλλος τις τῶν γλαφυρῶν καὶ ἀγκυλωτέρων διαλόγων, ὁποῖος ὁ Παρμενίδης. ἐγὼ δέ, φησὶν Ἀγαθίας, οὕτως αὐτὸν ἄριστα ἔχειν παιδείας, καὶ ταῦτα τῆς ἀκροτάτης, οὐκ ἄν ποτε οἰηθείην. πῶς μὲν γὰρ οἷόν τε ἦν τὸ ἀκραιφνὲς ἐκεῖνο τῶν παλαιῶν ὀνομάτων, ἐλευθέριον καὶ πρός γε τῇ τῶν πραγμάτων φύσει πρόσφορόν τε καὶ ἐπικαιρότατον, ἀγρίᾳ τινὶ γλώττῃ καὶ ἀμουσοτάτῃ ἀποσωθῆναι; πῶς δὲ ἀνὴρ βασιλείῳ τύφῳ ἐκ παίδων καὶ κολακείᾳ πολλῇ γεγαννυμένος δίαιτάν τε λαχὼν ἐς ὅτι βαρυτάτην καὶ πρὸς πολέμους ἀεὶ καὶ παρατάξεις ὁρῶσαν, πῶς δὴ οὖν ὧδε βιοὺς ἔμελλε μέγα τι καὶ λόγου ἄξιον ἐν τοῖσδε ἀπόνασθαι τοῖς διδάγμασι καὶ ἐνασκηθῆναι; εἰ μὲν οὖν ἐπαινοίη τις αὐτόν, ὅτι δὴ βασιλεύς γε ὢν καὶ Πέρσης, ἐθνῶν τε τοσούτων καὶ πράξεων μέλον αὐτῷ: ὁ δὲ ἐφίετο γοῦν ὅμως ἀμηγέπη ἀπογεύεσθαι λόγων, καὶ τῇ περὶ ταῦτα γάννυσθαι δόξῃ: ξυνεπαινέσαιμι ἂν καὶ ἔγωγε τὸν ἄνδρα καὶ μείζονα θείην τῶν ἄλλων βαρβάρων. ὅσοι δὲ λίαν αὐτὸν σοφὸν ἀποκαλοῦσι καὶ μονονουχὶ τοὺς ὅποι ποτὲ πεφιλοσοφηκότας ὑπερβαλλόμενον, ὡς καὶ ἁπάσης τέχνης τε καὶ ἐπιστήμης τὰς ἀρχὰς καὶ αἰτίας διαγινώσκειν, ἐκεῖνοι ἂν μάλιστα φωραθεῖεν οὐ τῶν ἀληθῶν ἐστοχασμένοι, μόνῃ δὲ τῇ τῶν πολλῶν ἑπόμενοι φήμῃ.
Chosroes I (Persian Anushirvan), the twentieth Sassanid king of Persia who ruled 531-579. The bulk of this entry, after the initial gloss, quotes Agathias, Histories 2.28.
[1] Aristotle, who was from Stageira (alpha 3129).
[2] That is, Demosthenes (delta 454, delta 455) and Thucydides (theta 414). The influence of Thucydides' style on Demosthenes is readily apparent.
[3] For Plato see pi 1707.
[4] Plato's dialogues generally take their names from the man whom Socrates interrogates. Timaeus was a mathematician and philosopher of the Pythagorean school: see tau 601. The dialogue contains discussions of the order and laws of the physical universe and on the ultimate unknowability of the gods.
[5] Phaedo was a pupil of Socrates: see phi 154. The dialogue recounts the last hours of Socrates' life and his beliefs about the transmigration of souls.
[6] Gorgias of Leontinoi was a rhetor, often called a "sophist": see gamma 388. The dialogue sees Socrates arguing that the power of rhetoric creates belief without supporting knowledge.
[7] Parmenides was a disciple of one of the Ionian schools: see pi 675. The dialogue sees Socrates and Parmenides debating the existence of Platonic Forms.
[8] The text of Agathias has γεγανωμένος ; the Suda substitutes γεγαννυμένος .
[9] The text of Agathias has βαρβαρικωτάτην ("barbaric"); the Suda substitutes βαρυτάτην ("serious").
[10] Quoted also at mu 533.
Keywords: biography; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; geography; historiography; history; mathematics; military affairs; philosophy; politics; rhetoric; science and technology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 3 April 2008@05:00:21.
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Headword: Χρῶμα
Adler number: chi,539
Translated headword: color
Vetting Status: high
Whenever the crystalline of the eye is colored by the agency of certain affection, it seems to us that the air and the other visible things have been colored with the same color. [...] He says that the visible, what by itself exists in the domain of the visible, is color, and says that surface is what is visible by itself.[1] Surface is visible by itself, although no such as [something] is by itself on account of definition. For [the expression] 'by itself' is double [in its meaning]: either it is that which is taken in the definition of the subject, such as 'animal' and 'rational' in the definition of man (for these belong by themselves to man), or that whose subject is taken in the definition, such as number in the definition of odd and even,[2] and nose in the definition of snubness.[3] In effect, these belong by themselves to the definition. Now, it is not thus that he says that surface is visible by itself, but insofar as it contains in itself the cause of being visible. And this is color, for the color existing in surface is what is visible, and its sights perceive [...] the color existing in volume. For even though it seems to us that we see the transparencies of stones through the whole volume, we are deceived with regard to our sights. For sights or [rather] the activities of colors, because of being transparent, pass over the stones through their volume. And we perceive the stones through the color existing in their surface. This is why it also seems to us to have seen the color existing in volume.
The Pisidian [writes]: "it is impossible that these things are colored for the sake of gratitude; all the arguments of truth are simple."[4]
On color, search in the [entry] 'gray'.[5]
Greek Original:
Χρῶμα: ὅτι ὁπηνίκα τὸ κρυσταλλοειδὲς τοῦ ὀφθαλμοῦ ἀπό τινος πάθους χρωματισθῇ, δοκοῦμεν τῷ αὐτῷ χρώματι καὶ τὸν ἀέρα καὶ τὰ ἄλλα ὁρατὰ κεχρῶσθαι. Χρῶμα δέ φησιν ὁρατὸν τὸ ἐπὶ τοῦ καθ' αὑτὸ ὑπάρχον ὁρατοῦ: καθ' αὑτὸ δὲ ὁρατόν φησι τὴν ἐπιφάνειαν. καθ' αὑτὸ δὲ ὁρατὸν ἡ ἐπιφάνεια, οὐχ οὕτως, ὡς τῷ ὁρισμῷ καθ' αὑτό: διττὸν γὰρ τὸ καθ' αὑτό. ἢ ὅπερ ἐν τῷ ὁρισμῷ τοῦ ὑποκειμένου παραλαμβάνεται, ὡς τὸ ζῷον, καὶ τὸ λογικὸν ἐν τῷ ὁρισμῷ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου [ταῦτα γὰρ καθ' αὑτὸ ὑπάρχει τῷ ἀνθρώπῳ]: ἢ οὗ ἐν τῷ ὁρισμῷ τὸ ὑποκείμενον παραλαμβάνεται, ὡς ἐν τῷ ὁρισμῷ τοῦ ἀρτίου ἢ τοῦ περιττοῦ ὁ ἀριθμός: καὶ ἐν τῷ ὁρισμῷ τῆς σιμότητος ἡ ῥίς. ταῦτα γὰρ καθ' αὑτὸ ὑπάρχουσι τῷ ὁρισμῷ. οὐχ οὕτως οὖν φησι καθ' αὑτὸ ὁρατὸν τὴν ἐπιφάνειαν, ἀλλ' ὡς ἔχουσαν ἐν ἑαυτῇ τὸ αἴτιον τοῦ ὁρατὸν εἶναι. τοῦτο δέ ἐστι τὸ χρῶμα: τὸ γὰρ ἐν τῇ ἐπιφανείᾳ χρῶμα τοῦτό ἐστι τὸ ὁρατόν, καὶ τούτου αἱ ὄψεις ἀντιλαμβάνονται, ... τοῦ ἐν βάθει χρώματος: τοὺς γὰρ διαφανεῖς τῶν λίθων εἰ καὶ δοκοῦμεν ὁρᾶν δι' ὅλου τοῦ βάθους κεχρωσμένους, τὰς ὄψεις ἀπατώμεθα. τῷ μὲν γὰρ διαφανεῖς εἶναι τοὺς λίθους διαβαίνουσι διὰ τοῦ βάθους αἱ ὄψεις ἢ τῶν χρωμάτων αἱ ἐνέργειαι. διὰ τοῦ χρώματος δὲ τοῦ ἐν τῇ ἐπιφανείᾳ τῶν λίθων ἀντιλαμβανόμεθα: καὶ διὰ τοῦτο δοκοῦμεν καὶ τὸ ἐν βάθει χρῶμα ἑωρακέναι. καὶ Πισίδης: οὐκ ἔστι ταῦτα πρὸς χάριν κεχρωσμένα: ἁπλοῖ δὲ πάντες τῆς ἀληθείας λόγοι. ζήτει περὶ χρώματος ἐν τῷ φαιόν.
The first and principal section of this entry is taken (with slight variations) from John Philoponus, On Aristotle's de anima 293.2-3 and 320.6-26.
For the headword see already chi 538.
[1] See Aristotle, de anima 418a29-30.
[2] cf. Aristotle, Posterior Analytics 84a12 ff.
[3] cf. Aristotle, Metaphysics 1030b17-19, 1037a31, 1064a25.
[4] George of Pisidia, Persian Expedition 3.37.
[5] phi 179; see also phi 178.
Keywords: definition; imagery; mathematics; medicine; philosophy; poetry; science and technology
Translated by: Marcelo Boeri on 10 May 2003@16:07:49.
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Headword: Χοίνικες
Adler number: chi,590
Translated headword: choinix, choenix
Vetting Status: high
The noun means not only the measure [sc. of that name], but also fetters.[1]
Choinikes are fetters of a certain kind; a choinix [is] anything rounded. Hence also the measure is named a choinix. Aristophanes in Plutus [writes]: "your shins are crying out, woe woe, craving the choinikes and the fetters."[2]
Greek Original:
Χοίνικες: οὐ μόνον τὸ μέτρον, ἀλλὰ καὶ τὰς πέδας σημαίνει τὸ ὄνομα. αἱ χοίνικες πέδαι τινές εἰσι: χοῖνιξ δὲ πᾶν περιφερές. διὸ καὶ τὸ μέτρον χοῖνιξ καλεῖται. Ἀριστοφάνης Πλούτῳ: αἱ κνῆμαι δέ σου βοῶσιν, ἰοὺ ἰού, τὰς χοίνικας καὶ τὰς πέδας ποθοῦσαι.
For this nominative plural headword see also chi 591. LSJ s.v. notes the two senses of it mentioned here as nos. I and II (of three).
[1] Similar comments in Hesychius and other lexica.
[2] Aristophanes, Plutus [Wealth] 275-6 (web address 1), with comment from the scholia to 276.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: clothing; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; law; mathematics; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 4 April 2008@09:18:59.
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Headword: Χοίνικες
Adler number: chi,591
Translated headword: choinix, choenix
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning the units] by which Egyptians measure [time-]periods.[1] "The category of supremely contemplative souls [is] rarer than that of the choinix, by which Egyptians measure [time-]periods; the likes of Amous and Antonios".[2]
Greek Original:
Χοίνικες: οἷς τὰς περιόδους μετροῦσιν Αἰγύπτιοι. σπανιώτερον δὲ τὸ γένος τῶν θεωρητικωτάτων ψυχῶν ἢ τὸ τοῦ χοίνικος, ᾧ τὰς περιόδους μετροῦσιν Αἰγύπτιοι: οἷος ἦν Ἀμοῦς καὶ Ἀντώνιος.
For this nominative plural headword see already chi 590. The present entry stems from a confusion between two Greek words which differ only in their initial consonant, choinix and (what it should be) phoinix; cf. under phi 798.
[1] The glossing phrase is taken from the quotation given.
[2] Synesius, Dio 9 (PG.66.1137a). For Amous and Antonios see alpha 1632.
Keywords: biography; Christianity; chronology; definition; geography; mathematics; philosophy; rhetoric; science and technology; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 4 April 2008@09:35:11.
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Headword: Δαρεικούς
Adler number: delta,72
Translated headword: Darics
Vetting Status: high
It was a gold currency, which Darius first devised.[1]
When Xerxes sent an envoy to him and offered him three thousand Darics, [Aristides] said that he had no use for Persian wealth, living the life he did. He happened to be serving low-grade bread.[2]
The army of this Darius was counted, and apart from the navy 700,000 were found together with the cavalry. Against the Scythians 600 ships were assembled.[3]
Greek Original:
Δαρεικούς: νόμισμά τι ἦν χρυσοῦν, ὅπερ Δαρεῖος πρῶτος ἐπενόησεν. ὅτι Ξέρξης ὡς αὐτὸν πρεσβευσαμένου Ἀριστείδου καὶ τρισχιλίους δαρεικοὺς αὐτῷ διδόντος, οὐδὲν ἐπιστρέφεσθαι ἔφη τοῦ Περσικοῦ πλούτου τοιαύτῃ χρώμενος διαίτῃ. ἔτυχε δὲ οὐκ ἐπιμελῆ τὸν ἄρτον προσφερόμενος. τούτου τοῦ Δαρείου ἠριθμήθη ὁ στρατός, καὶ εὑρέθησαν μυριάδες χωρὶς τοῦ ναυτικοῦ σὺν ἱππεῦσιν ο#. νέες δὲ ἑξακόσιαι συνελέγησαν ἐπὶ Σκύθας.
The headword is accusative plural. See also delta 73.
[1] Likewise in other lexica.
[2] For this story see already alpha 3903.
[3] cf. Herodotus 4.87.1 (web address 1).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; chronology; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; ethics; food; geography; history; mathematics; military affairs; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: James L. P. Butrica ✝ on 25 February 2000@13:35:29.
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Headword: Δεκαταῖος
Adler number: delta,180
Translated headword: for ten days; ten days old
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] tenth.
Greek Original:
Δεκαταῖος: δέκατος.
Same entry, according to Adler, in the Ambrosian Lexicon -- but the attested meanings of the headword do not bear out this equivalence: see LSJ s.v.
Keywords: chronology; definition; mathematics
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 24 July 2002@11:10:22.
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Headword: Δεκάχοια
Adler number: delta,188
Translated headword: tenfold
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] ten times.
Greek Original:
Δεκάχοια: δεκαπλάσια.
Same or very similar entry in other lexica; the headword δεκάχοια is otherwise unattested.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; mathematics
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 24 July 2002@11:53:50.
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Headword: Διαβήτης
Adler number: delta,507
Translated headword: compass
Vetting Status: high
The compass [is] an instrument, useful for many crafts, [which is shaped] rather like the letter l[ambda]. By inserting one half of this instrument and moving the other half around, they make circles.[1]
The name also refers to the thing which shows the time.[2]
Greek Original:
Διαβήτης. ἐργαλεῖον ὁ διαβήτης, εὔχρηστος τέχναις πολλαῖς, τῷ λ στοιχείῳ παρεοικώς. τούτου τὸ ἓν μέρος ἐντιθέντες, τὸ δὲ ἕτερον περιάγοντες κύκλους ποιοῦσι. σημαίνει δὲ καὶ ὄνομα καιροῦ παραστατικόν.
[1] From a scholion on Aristophanes, Clouds 178, where the headword occurs (web address 1).
[2] This last sentence presumably refers to the gnomon of a sundial (gamma 346).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; mathematics; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Nicholas Wilshere on 16 October 2004@14:52:55.
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Catharine Roth (another keyword) on 18 July 2016@17:18:31.

Headword: Διάμετρος
Adler number: delta,653
Translated headword: diameter
Vetting Status: high
A kind of geometrical [term].
Eunapius [writes]: "as in accordance with certain diameters, horns extend the tongue to the clashing contacts of the points."[1]
But[2] Dinarchus calls the residue from something that has been fairly measured out a "diametron."[3]
Greek Original:
Διάμετρος: γεωμετρικόν τι εἶδος. Εὐνάπιος: ὡς κατά τινας διαμέτρους κεραίας κεχιῶσθαι τὴν γλῶτταν ταῖς ἀντιτύποις συμβολαῖς τῶν ἀκίδων. Δείναρχος δὲ διάμετρον λέγει τὸ ἐλλεῖπον ἀπὸ τοῦ δικαίως μετρηθέντος.
[1] Eunapius fr. 100 FHG (= 272.19-20 Dindorf); but these words also appear in Theophylact Simocatta, Histories 2.6.2, as de Boor pointed out.
[2] The source now becomes Harpokration s.v.
[2] Dinarchus fr. XIX.3 Conomis.
C. de Boor, "Suidas und die Konstantinsche Exzerptsammlung I." Byzantinische Zeitschrift 21 (1912) 418 n.2
Keywords: definition; historiography; history; imagery; mathematics; military affairs; rhetoric; science and technology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 19 October 2000@06:07:50.
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Headword: Δικαίαρχος
Adler number: delta,1062
Translated headword: Dikaiarkhos, Dicaearchus
Vetting Status: high
Son of Pheidias, Sicilian, from the city of Messene.[1] Pupil[2] of Aristotle. Philosopher and rhetorician and geometrician. [He wrote] [3] Measurements of the Mountains in the Peloponnese[4]; Life of Hellas in 3 books.[5]
This man wrote the Constitution of the Spartans; and a law was enacted in Lakedaimon that each year the story should be read out in the archive of the Ephors and that the men of youthful age should listen. And this persisted for a long time.[6]
Greek Original:
Δικαίαρχος, Φειδίου, Σικελιώτης, ἐκ πόλεως Μεσσήνης, Ἀριστοτέλους ἀκουστής, φιλόσοφος καὶ ῥήτωρ καὶ γεωμέτρης. Καταμετρήσεις τῶν ἐν Πελοποννήσῳ ὀρῶν, Ἑλλάδος βίον ἐν βιβλίοις γ#. οὗτος ἔγραψε τὴν πολιτείαν Σπαρτιατῶν: καὶ νόμος ἐτέθη ἐν Λακεδαίμονι καθ' ἕκαστον ἔτος ἀναγινώσκεσθαι τὸν λόγον εἰς τὸ τῶν Ἐφόρων ἀρχεῖον, τοὺς δὲ τὴν ἡβητικὴν ἔχοντας ἡλικίαν ἀκροᾶσθαι. καὶ τοῦτο ἐκράτει μέχρι πολλοῦ.
OCD(4) s.v. 'Dicaearchus' (p.447), by C.B.R. Pelling.
One of the giants of Hellenistic geography, perhaps the most immediately relevant predecessor to Eratosthenes (so Strabo, anyway).
[1] Modern Messina.
[2] Literally 'listener', 'hearer'. Dikaiarkhos' floruit is placed c.320-300 BC.
[3] Only a selection of his writings are specified here; for the full range see the bibliography cited below.
[4] Apart from Strabo, who mentions Dikaiarkhos by name about a dozen times, the main source for the mountain measuring (with reference to instruments) is Theon of Smyrna, On the Mathematical Knowledge Useful for Reading Plato, 3.3.
[5] This 'Life of Greece' was a history of world culture.
[6] Dicaearchus 2 Mirhady.
RE suppl. xi. 526-34.
Kleine Pauly, ii. 19-21.
D.C. Mirhady, "Dicaearchus of Messana: The Sources, Text and Translation," in W. Fortenbaugh and E. Schütrumpf (eds), Dicaearchus of Messana: Text, Translation, and Discussion, 2000, 1-142.
Keywords: biography; constitution; geography; history; law; mathematics; philosophy; rhetoric
Translated by: D. Graham J. Shipley on 18 April 2001@07:02:11.
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Ross Scaife ✝ (Added to notes, following an exchange with Neel Smith) on 22 April 2001@19:34:14.
Catharine Roth (added keyword) on 1 October 2005@16:28:16.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 18 November 2005@09:51:03.
David Mirhady (updated ref) on 2 September 2008@19:23:55.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 3 August 2014@05:04:06.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 2 January 2015@00:56:39.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 22 August 2016@19:38:18.

Headword: Διόπτρα
Adler number: delta,1195
Translated headword: dioptra
Vetting Status: high
A mechanical implement,[1] with which the geometers used to assess with precision the measure of battlements from a distance.
The Pisidian [writes]: "you will see these things in advance with your dioptra".[2]
Greek Original:
Διόπτρα: μηχανικὸν τεχνούργημα, δι' οὗ οἱ γεωμέτραι ἀπηκρίβουν τὴν τῶν ἐπάλξεων ἐκ διαστήματος ἀναμέτρησιν. Πισίδης: ταῦτα πρὸ πολλοῦ τῇ διόπτρᾳ σου βλέπεις.
Likewise in ps.-Zonaras.
[1] See already under delta 1192; LSJ entry at web address 1.
[2] George of Pisidia, Heraclias 3 fr.8.
M.J.T. Lewis, Surveying Instruments of Greece and Rome, Cambridge-New York, Cambridge University Press, 2001
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; mathematics; military affairs; poetry; science and technology
Translated by: Antonella Ippolito on 11 January 2005@14:50:29.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (adjustments to translation; modified n.2; another keyword; cosmetics) on 12 January 2005@03:44:11.
Catharine Roth (cosmetic) on 12 February 2005@01:31:40.
Catharine Roth (added keyword) on 1 October 2005@16:28:54.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 12 July 2012@08:26:19.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 16 November 2014@00:40:54.
David Whitehead on 16 November 2014@11:30:26.
Catharine Roth (tweaked reference) on 26 November 2014@23:37:26.
David Whitehead (another note) on 11 November 2015@06:42:19.

Headword: Διόφαντος
Adler number: delta,1219
Translated headword: Diophantos, Diophantus
Vetting Status: high
A proper name.
Greek Original:
Διόφαντος: ὄνομα κύριον.
A very common name, so the particular bearer of it who generated this entry is unknown. But the most likely candidate, arguably, is D. of Alexandria, the celebrated hellenistic-period mathematician (OCD(4) p.465; biography at web address 1). His works surviving in Greek are normally cited in page numbers from the Teubner edition by Tannery in 2 volumes (1883, 1885). The important new edition by Roshdi Rashed in progress since 1984 in the Budé series, with facing-page translation in French, is also based on the ancient Arabic translation of his work. (The history of the relationship between Greek and Arabic algebra is the focus of important contemporary work in rewriting the history of mathematics.)
For this Diophantos see under upsilon 166 (Hypatia's commentary on his work). For homonyms see under delta 1491, lambda 486, mu 462, pi 1617.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; definition; geography; mathematics
Translated by: David Whitehead on 20 October 2000@05:21:57.
Vetted by:
Robert Dyer (Added list of those mentioned in Suda.) on 13 March 2002@12:48:10.
David Whitehead (added keyword; cosmetics) on 14 March 2002@03:02:48.
Catharine Roth (added keyword) on 18 September 2002@00:38:58.
Catharine Roth (augmented note) on 9 December 2002@00:37:03.
Catharine Roth (changed keyword) on 29 September 2005@01:54:55.
David Whitehead on 13 July 2012@05:01:35.
David Whitehead (tweaked note) on 18 July 2012@03:09:37.
David Whitehead on 1 August 2014@08:18:22.
Catharine Roth (added a link) on 6 September 2016@15:15:35.


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