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Headword: *)/alpeion
Adler number: alpha,1407
Translated headword: Alp
Vetting Status: high
Name of a mountain.[1]
Also [sc. attested is] Alps, "extensive mountains, which nature raised just like a fortification for Italy, their height above the clouds, and so very extensive that, divided, they reach the whole of Italy; the ones they call entrances."[2]
Also Alps, "mountains separating Gauls and Ailourians; there they stand as clustered strongholds. Where indeed Goths of old lived and kept guard."[3]
Greek Original:
*)/alpeion: o)/noma o)/rous. kai\ *)/alpeis, o)/rh e)pimh/kh, a(\s w(/sper tei=xos *)itali/as h( fu/sis h)/geiren, u(pernefh= me\n to\ u(/yos, e)pimhke/stata de/, w(s pa=san *)itali/an dieilhfo/ta kaqh/kein: a(\s ei)sbola\s kalou=si. kai\ *)/alpeis, o)/rh diori/zonta *ga/llous kai\ *ai)lou/rous: e)/nqa cune/baine frou/ria suxna\ ei)=nai. ou(= dh\ *go/tqoi e)k palaiou= w)|khme/noi fulakh\n ei)=xon.
OCD(4) p.66.
[1] Here as a neuter singular, Alpeion. The rest of the entry turns to feminine plurals, Alpeis.
[2] Herodian [the historian] 8.1.5.
[3] Procopius, History of the Wars of Justinian 6.28.28.
Keywords: chronology; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; historiography; history; imagery
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 9 June 2000@12:33:07.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added bibliography and keyword; cosmetics) on 23 February 2001@09:09:41.
David Whitehead (added keyword; cosmetics) on 3 July 2002@03:13:06.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 2 August 2011@04:49:09.
Catharine Roth (tweak) on 15 March 2012@01:02:04.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 July 2014@05:04:23.
David Whitehead on 13 June 2015@08:56:31.


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